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Personal information First name Balint Surname Halasz Contact



2013-2015 2005-2006 2001-2005, 2006-2010

University of Vienna, 4Cities Erasmus Mundus, Master in Urban Studies Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Lyon, academic year, MIRA scholarship Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Master in Architecture and Engineering

Work experience 2016-2017 Gaunt Francis Architects, Cardiff, architectural assistant (2016-2017), architect (2017) 2015-2016 Freelance design architect, Budapest 2011-2013 OAD, Beijing, design architect 2008 Puhl Antal Architect Associates, Szentendre, intern 2006-2007 INSEAD, Fountainebleau, external co-worker, research assistant

Design Projects 2016 - 2017 Lakes by Yoo, technical design of large-scale high-end residential development with GFA 2016 Superscape 2016 2015 Maglod 105 Houses, selected design competition for a suburban residential development 2015 Europan 13 Graz international urban design competition 2015 Dakar Temporary Cinema international open competition 2014 Workshop with Arkilab (DK) on the revitalization of Volkets Park in Copenhagen 2010 - 2014 schematic design of several large-scale mixed-use, hotel, retail, office and urban design projects at OAD, including Dongsheng Technology Park, Shunyi Beijing Busines Complex, Haining Leather Mall and Wanda Plaza Bozhou 2010 Concept for the refurbishment of Post Palace heritage building to high-end hotel, project leader Teampannon 2010 320° Siófok Cultural and Educational Center international architectural competition project leader/architect Peter Janesch 2010 Virtual learning space design and realization for Kaplan International Colleges 2009 Europan 10 Ajka international urban design competition 2008 Theater Weöres Sándor in Szombathely, purchased design submission, project leader/architect: Antal Puhl Research Projects 2017 2017 2013 2008

Article ’Investigating changes in space usage preferences by changing aesthetic environmental variables’ published (Proceedings of the 11th Space Syntax Symposium) Poster presentation at workshop ’Secondary effects in behavior change: Behavioral spillover in theory and practice’ by Cardiff University and London School of Economics Density: Spatial Patterns and Perception (MA thesis) INSEAD Virtual Campus published in the book ’Space Between People: how virtual changes physical architecture’ (edited by Stephen Doesinger, 2008, Prestel),


RIBA Chartered Member, ARB

2017 -

Computer skills Revit, Autocad, Maya, Archicad, Lightwave 3D, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign

flexibility and adaptability, public-private gradient, sense of urbanity, sociial sustainability


location: Maglod, Hungary type: urban date: 2015 size: 18000 sqm context: selected design competition, co-author role: conceptualization, project management

flexibility and adaptability, public-private gradient, sense of urbanity, social sustainability

MAGLOD 105 HOUSES The suburban residential development has 132 units. The concept is envisioning a neighborhood that is adaptable to the changing household structures and lifestyles by potentially incorporating other functions than dwelling. The layout of the individual houses allows the opening up of certain inside spaces to the street, accomodating semi-private and public uses. Social sustainability is an important aim for the project, emphasising the potential for social mixity and animating the public spaces with a refined private-public relationship. A design goal is to give a certain unity and identity to the neighborhood, while avoiding the monotonity of generic large scale suburban developments. This is acheived by a common architectural language in the massing but diversity in the use of different materials.

micro to macro

LAKES BY YOO The 260 hectares, 160 home lake fronted residential development in the Cotswolds is a project of the design firm Yoo. The shores of the lakes are populated with different housing types with high-end solutions and prices up to ÂŁ3.5m. The work on the project involved coordination between the client (Lakes by Yoo), consultants, suppliers, carrying out the technical design of the timber structured buildings aligned with the concepts and design ethos laid down by Yoo, furthermore on-site meetings and supervision.

location: Coswold, UK type: residential date: 2016-2017 size: context: GFA, project team member role: technical design, coordination, site supervision

micro to macro


flexibility and adaptability, public-private gradient, sense of urbanity


location: Budapest, Hungary type: commercial date: 2010 size: 10800 sqm context: BUTE, MA graduation project role: comprehensive design from concept to detailing

flexibility and adaptability, public-private gradient, sense of urbanity


The theme of my MA diploma project is the reconstruction of the market on Teleki square, Budapest. The goal is to provide a commercial surface that is strongly interacting with the public spaces around, blurring the strict boundaries between the market and the open air spaces and vitalizing the surroundings of the building. The space is organized by a grid, matching the size of a single stand, where the position of the stands can be adapted to the current needs. All the service functions are located underground, while the administation is placed in the tower tracing the northern corner of the square, leaving the ground floor of the market exclusively for commercial activities. Lightweight structures are placed in some of the fields of the concrete roof structure, giving space forclosed shops and for supply. The multiple layered roof is capable of satisfying complex functional needs.

flexibility and adaptability


location: Dakar, Senegal type: temporary date: 2015 size: 60/500 sqm context: international open competition role: concept, plans, elevation

Senegalese cinema experienced its prime from the 60s to the early 80s and since then has been slowly declining, being marked by the closure of permanent cinemas in Dakar. The temporary cinema aims at bringing life into Senegalese cinema culture by raising both local and global attention to it. The project functions as a landmark that is easily variable and adaptable not only to the cinema function but also to other social activities. The project aims to be usable and meaningful not only for the local community, but also for a wider, even international audience. The cinema can be placed in major open spaces and centralities of Dakar. A vertical mass that is visible from long distance is used and it is marked by its particular, diamond-like, triangulated shape. The outer shell is covered with textile which functions as an animated surface for projecting the programme, digital audiovisual artworks or other advertisement from within.

spatial configurations and social interactions, micro to macro


location: Szolnok, Hungary type: public date: 2008 size: 1200 sqm context: BUTE, academic project role: comprehensive design from concept to detailing

The project fits in a larger scheme aiming for the revitalization of the river banks of the city of Szolnok in Hungary. The vertical mass of the building functions as an architectural sign in an important traffic junction of the city, next to the confluence of the town’s two rivers. The interior is organized around the closed volumes of the multimedia room and the studio. The building is receiving a stairs system that wiggles up to the roof, running across the flowing and interconnected open-spaces around the boxes. This circulation space creates a physical and visual link between the different functional units, placed on different levels, potentially generating complex forms of usage.

spatial configurations and social interactions, micro to macro


public-private gradient, spatial configurations and social interactions

BACK.GROUND The spatial logic of historical Vienna’s urban grid is not supporting the emergence of new models in open urban space usage, thus gives little opportunity for the reconsideration of private-common-public relationships. The grid is defined by boundaries; it is characterized by the lack of transitional space. Altering the spatial logic may support new activity models built upon shared economies by improving accessibility to common resources and reinforcing local nexuses. The project attempts to challenge the primacy of the infrastructure oriented traditional street network, and explore the possibilities of the multiplication or superposition of physical and nonphysical urban networks, to create urban space centered on co-inhabitation, leisure and cooperative practices of space creation. The ground floor structures of the typical Viennese perimeter blocks are gradually becoming porous by opening up the building structures. The ground floor is progressively turning into a continuous surface passing under the blocks, and only the vertical circulation and service cores, shafts and architectural heritage are kept. It is a space of a territorial character, a dynamic, operative topography. Land usage is categorized and regulated along three dimensions: the body operating the field (private, community, public), the timeframe of the usage (permanent, temporary) and the economic character of the usage (for-profit, non-profit). The idea of reconfiguring of the ground floors allows moving away from a layout centered on the movement in order to create a landscape for inhabitation, with superimposing a new type of distributed network on the rectilinear grid of the existing street-square layout.

location: Vienna, Austria type: urban date: 2016 size: - sqm context: open competion, co-author role: concept

the spatial logic of urban open space. A new urban unit is formed, composed of multiple blocks - introducing a new scale and a new level of autonomy.

public-private gradient, spatial configurations 2. and social interactions 3.

3. The public space flows under and

permeates the built. This intervention type is dissolving the linearity of the streets, creating pockets that can accommodate non-logistical activities. The urban layout is re-configured with seven intervention types. 4. Public areas are penetrating and passing through the blocks, opening up the possibility of constituting an alternative circulation system, compensating for the former public street spaces now used by the community.


5. The perimeters of the blocks are accommodating temporary usages. Thus, the space is a constantly adapting interface between the built and the open space of the city, 0. between private, community and public operated areas.






6. Certain public areas (such as crossings or streets) are designated for temporary usage. The usage is constantly renegotiated at city level. 7. Certain community areas are designated for temporary usages. The 2. community constantly re-negotiates the functions, contributing to the adaptability of the system, maintaining and practicing self-governance acts. 8. The seven modification typologies are simultaneously applied on the default urban structure, which results in a new ground floor pattern, rebalancing open spaces from productive-logistical 4. space to a space of leisure, interaction and co-creation.

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flexibility and adaptability


The former bread factory in the district of Fokijegy, Siófok is changing its function according to the local initiatives. Leaving its industrial past, it will transform into a cultural, art, educational and technical center. The extention does not want to overload the existing building and parcel, so it is aspiring to a reasonable minimum of intervention: it is contracting the intersecting functions into multifunctional, variably usable spaces, supplementing them with the necessary service facilities. A light, modular, casted concrete structure is inserted, distinguished well from the old structure, fulfilling the idea of the minimal intervention and preserving the original spatial layout of the factory.


női mosdó

4.3.5-1 gépészet - látszik

ak. ment

234,7 m2

1.1.15. vízesblokk

1.1.10. ruhatár

ffi mosdó

1.1.6-1 raktár

70,8 m2

tak. szer.

81,8 m2

91,8 m2


+0,750 -2,250

1.1.6-2 manipulációs tér 50,4 m2

1.1.9. előcsarnok

1.1.8-1 előtér

200,8 m2

62,7 m2

szervíz l.


1.1.5 próbaterem 71,7 m2


location: Siofok, Hungary type: cultural, refurbishment date: 2010 size: 12000 sqm context: open competition, co-author role: programming, concept, functional layout, floorplans

közlekedő lift

4.2.1. design shop 38,0 m2

4.1.4. kávézó 67,5 m2

fekete mosogató

fehér mosogató

4.1.3 konyhatechnológia

hús előkészítő



szárazárú raktár fogyóeszköz raktár italraktár

közlekedő 4.3.4-2 Gazdasági bejárat

352,4 m2

4.3.4-1 gazdasági porta 24,1 m2

33,5 m2


iroda főzőkonyha


zöldség előkészítőhűtő


tak szer földesárú raktárgöngyöleg raktár


szem. étkező szem. öltöző

szem. öltöző

4.3.6-1 közlekedő 14,2 m2


spatial configurations and social interactions, public-private gradient


location: Graz, Austria type: urban, mixed-use date: 2015 size: 43000 sqm context: international open competition, co-author role: programming, functional layout, floorplans

The project site is perceived as a city gate, an arrival spot for the passengers approaching the city. Also, it symbolizes the opening up of the neighborhoods located west from the tracks, cut off from the central urban areas. We have placed six ‘islands’ on the site with courtyard blocks on each of them. The courtyards are providing landscapes with very different ambiances. The landscaped carpets stretching out in the courts are filled with life by the community and the semi-private functions placed on the ground floor of each block, as well as the users of the housing units, the office spaces, the hotel and other functions. The courtyards are surrounded by circulation spaces, accomodating also community functions.

flexibility and adaptibility


location: Budapest, Hungary type: public, refurbishment date: 2016 size: 20500 sqm context: private commission, co-author role: concept, functional layout, floorplans

The project is the refurbisment of a building complex built in 1958 and its conversion into a mixed-use facility, including research labs, an educational centre and outpatient services related to oncology. The original architectural character is kept, but the units are connceted with a bridge system. The ground floors are opened up with keeping the original structural grid, and housing the rather public functions animating the open spaces. The traffic and parking system is reorganised, so the space between the blocks can be fully pedestrianised.

sense of urbanity

BOZHOU WANDA PLAZA The goal of the elevation design was to create a dynamic and exciting shape, despite the given rigid inner structure of the mall. The large surfaces are decomposed into tilted and folded fragments, breaking the potential monotony of the long faรงade. The lines structuring the elevation are detached from the initial horizontal floor lines. This way, the form could be treated in a rather free manner, allowing a more sensitive reflection on the environment. The surfaces are distinguished in depth, generating shades which contribute to the dynamic impression. The height of the main ledge is sinking to the level of the base of the office towers, creating continuity between the two urban blocks. The mass of the cinema is slightly set back, marking its distinct function.

location: Bozhou, China type: elevation date: 2014 size: context: OAD role: elevation concept, modeling

spatial configuration and social interactions


Losonczi A., Halasz B., Keszei B., Dobszai D., Dull A. (2017) INVESTIGATING CHANGES IN SPACE USAGE PREFERENCES BY CHANGING AESTHETIC ENVIRONMENTAL VARIABLES Poceedings of the 11th International Space Syntax Symposium, Lisbon, Instituto Superior Técnico, Departamento de Engenharia Civil, Arquitetura e Georrecursos, Portugal

A láthatóság mérőszáma I.

When investigating links between the physical environment, experience and behavior, the theoretical framework of space syntax prioritizes the geometry related properties of space to explore the social function of that space. The present research aims to draw attention on other, aesthetic properties linked to materials. For this, the article explores how patterns in spatial choices of users are related to the qualities of a sub-space in a spatial system both in terms of geometric confiiurations and material quality (surface structuring). Changing the qualities of the physical environment (either configurational features of spaces or surface structuring- will affect the functional and aesthetic mental representation of space by the user and therefore infuence behavior. The paper looks at the inter-relations between the factors above through anexperiment, which is designed to map changes in user preference in space usage by changing the aesthetic material-related variables, while fixing the ones related to geometry (configurational variables). Szantay Zs., Halasz B., Losonczi A., Keszei B., Dull A. (2017) SPILLOVER EFFECT TRACED THROUGHT THE ARCHITECTURE OF A HUNGARIAN ECO-COMMUNITY For poster presentation at the Spillover Workshop organized by Cardiff University and London School of Economics Planned and later realized spatial structures reflect the anticipated behaviour patterns they could accommodate. The layout of these structures is defined by the designers and future users, influenced by their dreams, ideologies, as well as the socio-physical setting they are integrated within and certain behaviour patterns associated. The research focuses on a group of 5 families who moved in an existing village to establish an eco-neighbourhood at its periphery. Their pre-set aspirations and visions involved living independently from the existing community. The study follows alterations in the architectural plans (from concepts to the realised buildings), which were influenced by the process of integration of the new inhabitants. These alterations reflect the way behaviour patterns of the existing community affected the anticipated lifestyles and behaviour patterns of the newcomers. Thus, the research investigates spillover by looking at the way architectural plans are modified in the design process to accommodate certain patterns originating from other individuals or groups. Interviews, questionnaires, documented workshops and field experiments, as well as analysis of the successive phases of the architectural plans and realized buildings were used for modeling and evaluating the 7 year-long process. Losonczi A., Halasz B., Keszei B., Dull A. (2018) THE ROLE OF SURFACE QUALITIES IN THE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF WORKPLACES WHERE THE GENERATION OF CREATIVE IDEAS IS BENEFICIAL Submitted and under review The study examines systematic behavioral responses (spatial choices) to design-ensembles and their different configurations in a workplace (the lounge of a creative organisation). Two design-ensembles were created in a design process in which special physical environmental properties were adjusted and composed by practicing architects. The physical properties the designers could operate with were limited to surface qualities (colours, materials, etc.), and the geometry of the space was fixed. The study compares seat choice patterns of users in four environments that are identical in geometrical configuration (layout of the rooms) but differ the configuration of the two design-ensembles. Two homogeneous, and two heterogeneous environments were created; Földszint Elsőin emelet Második emelet one design-ensemble covered one room. The case study setting was a spatial system composed of five rooms, based on a real-life project. The study focuses on the design-ensemble preferences of the participants in specific social situations representing the functional program of the case study spatial setting Az épületben mozgó ember “látottságát” és látási lehetőségeit a kutatók többféleképpen modellezik. Egyik ezek közül az “axial készítése, amikorwillingness a program az épület falfelület-párjaiencounters, között meghúzzaa amajor lehető leghosszabb (the lounge). The social situations differmap” in the assumed for coincidental ingredientösszekötő of programs in which the generation egyenest (láthatósági egyenest). Ezután az egyeneseket aszerint színezi, hogy hány másik láthatósági egyenessel metsződik. A piros egyenesek metsződnek a legtöbb másik egyenessel, ez megmutatja, hogy melyek azok a tereken of creative ideas is beneficial. The results suggest that design-ensembles and their configurations (surface qualities) are both relevant physical variables to átvonuló „útvonalak”, ahonnan a legtöbb kapcsolódó helyiségbe beláthatunk. A kutatók szerint a piros szín tehát azt jelzi, hogy mely egyenesen haladó embernek van a legnagyobb esélye arra, hogy “lásson és láttassa magát”, ezáltal investigate, as systematic behavioral responses were observed in certain cases. Furthermore, they also indicate that certain configurations of surface qualilegesélyesebb arra, hogy munkájához kihasználja a találkozásokban rejlő potenciált. ties can fine-tune potential behavioral effects of specific geometric configurations of the rooms and furniture

Portfolio Balint Halasz 2018  
Portfolio Balint Halasz 2018