Spora Architects winner of the Hungarian Media Architecture Prize 2018

With their eloquent design for the National Public Port Győr-Károlyháza in Kikötő (Hungary) Spora Architects have won the Media Architecture Prize 2018. The MAP is a national prize for architects and clients in Hungary. The Media Jury chose this building from the pre-selection done by A10-correspondents. This years’ preselectors were Ömer Kanipak and Olga Ioannou, Z. Halmágyi Judit and Indira van ‘t Klooster (editor-in-chief, chair). The Media Jury chose the Port Building because of its exceptional quality as a design and as an incentive to the area. The much debated “Bridge in the Forest” won the public’s approval. And rightly so!

The selected buildings are:

Jury comment: “The location is great and the building makes the most out of it. The crane metaphor is eloquently expressed by the cantilever floor that offers an amazing setting for the conference room. Volumetry is very well balanced and the choice of materials and structural design are very well suited to the area. Energy efficiency was also appreciated.”

Jury comment: “This is a beautiful piece of architecture in its pure form and its relation to the surrounding landscape. We liked the way it is placed gently onto the slope and the fine distance between the two main volumes occupied by the staircase that unites the three main levels. Its facade design is also very elegant as well as its interior design details of timber window framing and subtle interiors.”

  • Visual and Contextual Honesty by Firka Építész Stúdió (István Bikki)
    in collaboration with dr Bun Zoltán PhD, co-architects: Boglárka Balogh, Zsolt Dobos, Róbert Erdélyi, József Konrád, Veronika Kovács, Ildikó Palásti, Gergely Schöff, Áron Sümeghy  

Jury comment: “This market hall has an interesting typology. The variety of uses offers shelter to multiple public encounters that keep it lively and open through the whole day. We liked its open spacious halls that offer multiple occasions for work and play and its relation to the front square. Despite its size it also blends in the scale of the area and the adjacent streets.”

Jury comment: “This is a hands-on, collaborative endeavour, stemming from Hungarian tradition. The bridge allows for a view of the waterfall that is otherwise inaccessible and therefore serves both as a passage and a belvedere. Its design is very refined and we particularly liked the idea of capturing the traces of the fallen trunks as an inspiration. This is a very spiritual and deep project fully attuned to its natural surroundings.”

  • Naturally Interactive Vision – Entrance Building in Graphisoft Park by RADIUS B+S Ltd, in collaboration with Péter Sugár DLA, Zsuzsa Ilyés-Fekete, Tamás Kun, Lívia Hornyák, Lilla Turi

Jury comment: “This is a very simple but elegant, two storey high, box in a box like office building. The double facade looks very appealing with its graphic designs on the exterior glazing. Despite its austere character, it remains very light and pleasant.”

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From A10’s Jury Report:

Our selection criteria involved building integration in the urban or natural landscape; relation between built form and original design intention; innovation in terms of typology/expression/character, materials and/or other environmental features; atmosphere and imprint. All five projects selected, represent successful cases that meet all of these criteria and whose design responds effectively to their original program and their scope. These buildings are also fully attuned to their surroundings and blend in the beautiful scenery of the Hungarian natural landscape. At the same time they introduce nuanced interpretations of architectural forms and environmental friendly design solutions.

The judges were pleased by the plurality of projects in terms of scope and scale: new buildings or new building additions, restorations, home and office interiors as well as small architectural gestures or artistic space installations. The high quality of many of these projects both in design and in implementation is worth mentioning here. The Jury welcomed small hands-on projects of collaborative work which were very refreshing and promising both in scope and end result. Examples offer testimony of a wider discourse that seems to be developing around architecture’s relation to heritage; public life and people’s daily routines while renegotiating the terms with which private spaces accommodate contemporary lifestyles. Hungarian architecture seems to be gradually establishing a very distinctive vocabulary of architectural language which is both very sensitive to tradition and to the imperatives of modern living as well.

As far as restoration projects are concerned the Jury saw several beautiful monumental buildings saved from further decay. However, despite the extremely elaborate renovation work on existing shells, interior spaces were often unevenly treated as design reached to rather classical choices of materials and furniture equipment.

We were impressed by the large number and the quality of some interior office space projects. It is very encouraging to see that architectural design penetrates our daily lives and changes our working environments in a way that makes us feel more comfortable and relaxed while working. We were happy to see that this trend involved not only large companies but also smaller firms that adopted a similar approach.