Architecture of Potential
Regenerating Social and Physical Structures by Courtyard Building Adaptive Reuse in Budapest A Creative Business Incubator and Resource Center Arpad Takacs | 2012 Architecture Design Thesis Studio
Special thanks to these individuals for their support and help with documentation, ideas, and inspiration: Jerome Alemayehu Csaba Gyorsok Tamas Varga Rob Cousins Daniel Toole Hajo Neis & Michelle Johnson
Architecture of Potential
Regenerating Social and Physical Structures by Courtyard Building Adaptive Reuse in Budapest A Creative Business Incubator and Resource Center
Table of Contents Thesis Topic Summary ARCH 585_Thesis Design I_Winter 2012 and ARCH 586_Thesis Design II_Spring 2012 (documentation of design process combining both quarters some information may be repetitive, but is documenting different stages of the development process using different illustration techniques) Presentations of Major Checkpoints Thesis Project Final Presentation Arpad Takacs Regenerative Design - Rebuilding After War and Disasters Master of Architecture Thesis 2011-12 Professor Dr. Hajo Neis University of Oregon in Portland - School of Architecture and Allied Arts
Thesis Topic Summary Throughout its rich history Hungary has seen its share of ups and downs in economic and social conditions due to wars and political turmoil leading to an increasingly dire situation for a 21st Century generation. Mounting national debt, an uncertain economic climate, disappearing industries, and political divisions cripple meaningful growth and development. A â€œbottom-upâ€? approach of entrepreneurially spirited citizenry is necessary to foster ideas, create opportunities, and develop meaningful solutions for a 21st Century Hungary lead by a generation of innovative creatives open to communication, collaboration, and fundamental change in order to succeed in a globally connected society.
Looking North from the Citadella
05 The topic of regenerative design in Budapestâ€™s decaying center is especially relevant as buildings within the VI. and VII. Districts of the city contain buildings at a critical stage of their life needing major structural rehabilitation work and/or historic renovation. Otherwise they face the alternative of becoming structurally unsafe for human use. Other alternatives exists however, with some innovative and creative solutions in the form of adaptive reuse and rehab work. The studio design work focuses on such alternatives on multiple scales. It attempts to interject and introduce a new way of looking at rehab, renovation, and adaptive reuse design work within the contemporary context of Budapest courtyard buildings and the city as a whole.
Project Site Geography
Terezvaros - District VI Terezvaros is characterized by 100-200 year old courtyard buildings used primarily for residential and small retail purphases. These are the neighborhoods on the first ring of development suffering most urban decay.
Urban Site Plan Framework Currently sporadic small scale renewal projects characterize the area with a lack of overall direction.
11 Regenerative Urban Renewal Concept - Larger scale concentrated catalyzing developments over time.
On the fringe of protection
13 The project scope includes four buildings and the plaza directly in front.
In a mature city such as Budapest, where empty sites are rare to nonexistent, where historic preservationists battle with haphazard development and the race for time as buildings become structurally unsafe for human inhabitation, appropriate adaptive reuse of existing buildings is a rational middle ground where this project interject some ideas.
urban fabric mosaic - the unique courtyard typology of Budapest
Existing Plaza Established cafe, restaurant and residential frontage with mature trees, however the landscaping is unfriendly and is not inviting or open enough for people to linger and enjoy the open space. Existing plaza features
Existing building features on Liszt Square
19 The stark and simple nature of the corner building lends itself to become the new identity piece within the unified four building complex and therefor receive the highest level of intervention.
Existing building features on Paulay Street
21 Preserve certain highlights of each building.
Project Patterns and Concept Diagrams
presence on the fringe
nodes of activity through porosity
Alternate solar access studies, not in final design.
Old to New Transformation Concept
a gradient of Old to New and New to Old
New and Old juxtaposition at the material and human scale
Designing with Models - Various Schemes
collage of Old & New
Urban Context Model at 1/32” = 1’
30 Old to New Concept Sketch Model at 1/16” = 1’
31 Structural study model 1/14” = 1’
32 Old to New Concept Sketch Model at 1/32” = 1’
33 Two main concepts driven by functionality and solar access
Models and Materiality
Final Design Proposal
42 Renewed plaza scheme - open both for through traffic and for lingering
Sustainable Features Reinforcing passive strategies and introducing regionally appropriate technologies.
Courtyard entry from main corner
View from the higher bridge on the 3rd floor
Winter 2012 Design Charrette
Winter 2012 Final Presentation
Spring 2012 Midterm Presentation
Spring 2012 Final Presentation Exhibit
Final Presentation and Exhibit
“Nagyon finom!” - Daniel Toole
Arpad Takacs firstname.lastname@example.org Regenerative Design - Rebuilding After War and Disasters Master of Architecture Thesis 2011-12 Professor Dr. Hajo Neis University of Oregon in Portland - School of Architecture and Allied Arts