House in a Hungarian Town \ Bauer Polla & ZOA architects

• February 22, 2012

Hungarian 15ZOA 600x277 House in a Hungarian Town \ Bauer Polla & ZOA architects

House in a Hungarian Town, image courtesy Bujnovszky Tamás

The house was built in the recently parcelled suburb area of a provincial town, intersected by vineyards. Designed by Polla Bauer and András Ónodi, this building with its sharp contour and discrete elegance at the same time stands out immediately from the neighbourhood.

Hungarian 11ZOA 600x600 House in a Hungarian Town \ Bauer Polla & ZOA architects

House in a Hungarian Town, image courtesy Bujnovszky Tamás

Intercepted into the slope the house constitutes a two-storey elevation towards the street, which becomes one-storey at the back due to the inclination and the gable roof moved from the centre. The symmetry of the street facade may trigger tension first, which is relieved by the lean-to of the living-room additively attached to the building. While this protruding block ushers by a wall from the front and defines the space of advent, it creates an intimate leisure area in the back quarter.

Hungarian 13ZOA 600x400 House in a Hungarian Town \ Bauer Polla & ZOA architects

House in a Hungarian Town, image courtesy Bujnovszky Tamás

The generous geometrical design is combined with a similarly elegant way of choosing the materials. The dark sheet metal cover on the roof and the large format panels cladding the facade provide for a homogeneous impression. These appear as a frame along the roof line and running downwards along the shorter facade. This strong highlighting is in stark contrast to the white plaster surfaces. The rigorous tectonics is tamed by the wooden padding.

Hungarian 09ZOA 600x900 House in a Hungarian Town \ Bauer Polla & ZOA architects

House in a Hungarian Town, image courtesy Bujnovszky Tamás

The arrangement of the ground plan is bipolar. The hall and corridor at the entrance provide for a line of demarcation between the living space of parents and the two teenage children. The kitchen, dining room and living room are neutral, common area serving for the core of the family home as one contiguous space. Interiors are moderate and rational, that correspond obviously to the compact design of the exterior.

Hungarian 16ZOA 600x400 House in a Hungarian Town \ Bauer Polla & ZOA architects

House in a Hungarian Town, image courtesy Bujnovszky Tamás

The interior design reflects also the alternation of grey and white surfaces, causing the perception of a sort of sterile atmosphere. However monochromacy is sometimes broken by the warmth of citron yellow furniture, cladding or paintings. Consistent and deliberate use of colours, extreme details and carefully selected materials result in a coherent and minimalistic composite whole that gives the house uniqueness.

+ Project facts

Architect: BAUER Polla | http://www.bauerpolla.com
ONODI András | http://zoa.hu
Architectural Assistant: BOLDIS Betti
Project Manager: CSESZNOK Balázs
Interior Design: Geppetto | http://www.geppetto.hu
Garden Design: POTTYONDY Flóra
Structural Engineer: ERDÉLYI Tamás
Photos: BUJNOVSZKY Tamás

+ All images and drawings courtesy ZOA architects

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