Midlife - Későmodern villa új élete
The original red-brick building with terraces and a pronounced vertical system, borrowed a lightweight, detached from the ground character to the cube of the building. At the same time, the design challenge was, that after the renovation three generations would use the house: grandparents on the ground floor, parents in the middle, and the adolescent child will move in on the top floor. This program required that in addition to the glazed terrace box additions, a metal cover would also be built on the originally flat-roofed building. The white painted facade and the overhangs of the solvent terrace-systems were suitable for Breuer to be a true inspiration. Thus, a truly elegant aura surrounds the house reminiscent of the '50s American villa architecture. The light white color aids the integration of the additional glass enclosures of the upstairs living room into the original architecture. This closed off and open-plan system of terraces goes well with the mass formatting and fragmentation of Schömer's original design. It’s also well served by the greyish metal-cladding that runs along the terraces, which Breuer applied likewise. To make the American modernism - the West Coast’s experience or even Hollywood's spirit more intuitive, we enter the house which has not only been transformed purely in an interior-functional sense, but in it’s interior, we see visual details, almost alike of a cinematic setting, all correspond the passionate love of objects and the consistent handling of style. The bedroom, the wallpapers, the colors, the furniture, all envoke the films of directors like David Lynch and Tarantino but there is no sign of any snobbery or exaggeration. The use of the glazing copper-plated cladding is remarkable in the kitchen countertop, juxtaposed by the distinguished and majestic, deep-tones of wood of the built-in kitchen cabinet and the stone covering of the other wall. Memorable are the mid-century modern period reminiscent wired glass separators between the bathroom and the bedroom framed in a hollow-section enclosure. To conclude with a truism: every building has a life cycle: This middle-aged modern building was given a second chance to "not go to destruction or towards demolition” at the age of forty-four. The designers invoked the past but Breuer's ageless modernity really suits her.
András Schőmer (1974)
Marcell Benson, János Gyuricza
Eszter Szabó - Be Light Kft.
József Martinkó - Octogon 2018/3
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