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Szentendre Cemetery

Future Projects - Competition entries
Szentendre, Hungary
A4 Studio, Budapest, Hungary
A4 Studio Kft, Hungary
A4 Studio Kft., Hungary
2009
World Architecture Festival 2009 - Category Winner


NEW CEMETERY, GRAVEYARD AND MORTUARY

SZENTENDRE IS A SMALL CITY FOR 20 KM. FROM THE CAPITAL OF HUNGARY, BUDAPEST. IT IS AN IMPORTANT CULTURAL- AND ART CENTRE NEAR THE DANUBE RIVER. IN FEBRUARY 2008 SZENTENDRE ANNOUNCED AN OPEN NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION „NEW CEMETERY, GRAVEYARD AND MORTUARY”. OUR OFFICE WON THE COMPETITION.

ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT:
WE DIVIDED THE TASK INTO TWO PARTS:
1 ST- LANDSCAPED GRAVEYARD, PARK, CEMETERY
2ND- THE BUILDINGS OF CEMETERY
OUR PLAN IS, THAT THE FIRST PART WILL BE A GRADATION BETWEEN A BUILDED GARDEN AND A NATURAL PARKLANDED WOOD. THE GRAVEYARD, AS A GREEN SURFACE OF THE CITY, MUST FUNCTION AS
A PARK TOO.AS THE CITY HAS ENOUGH GREEN SURFACES, THE GRAVEYARD IS PROPER
TO GIVE A PLACE FOR VALUABLE AND RARE PLANT-ASSOCIATIONS. AS A BOTANICAL GARDEN, ORCHARD, IT FITS FOR SPECIE CONSERVATION. THE PATCHES AND FURNITURE OF THE GRAVEYARD ARE PARK-STYLED TOO.
WE PLACED THE OFFICE FUNCTIONS, THE WATER SYSTEM, THE BICYCLE CONTAINER THE FLOWER SHOP IN THE ENTRANCE BUILDING MASS. THE BLOCK OF THE MORTUARY IS SITUATED ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE AREA, AND IT IS ATTACHED TO THE ENTRANCE BLOCK WITH AN L-FORMED FENCE. IN THE EXTERIOR APPEARANCE WE APPLIED THE WHITE CONCRETE, NOT ONLY FOR THE WALLS, BUT FOR THE ROOFS AND FENCE TOO.
WE HAD MANY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BUILDINGS. IT MUST BE UP TO DATE, BUTI T CANNOT BE OSTENTATIOUS. IT MUST SLICK INTO THE GENTLE SLOPES OF THE AREA. ENDURING,
SIGN-LIKE MASSES WITH HARD
SENTIMENTAL-SACRAL FILLING. THE MEETING OF PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL PLANES IS COMPLETED AT THE BUILDING OF MORTUARY.
WE ACCENTUATED TWO MAIN FUNCTIONS OF THE CEMETERY:
- FAREWELL TO OUR LOVED ONES, THE FUNERAL CEREMONY
- THE VISITORS OF THE TOMBS
THE FUNERAL IS A PROCESS WITH MORE PARTS. WE PAIRED THESE PARTS WITH BUILT OBJECTS:
UPSET, PAIN- BIER TABLE, INNER MORTUARY
REMEMBERANCE- MORTUARY BUILDING
HONOURS- CEMETERY, MAIN ROAD
FINAL FAREWELL, RESIGNATION- GRAVE
ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS BUILDING:
THE BUILDING COMPLEX WILL BE BUILT ON THE SIDE OF THE CITY, ON A LOW BUILDING UP INTENSITY AREA. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT, THAT THE BUILDING SHOULD NOT HAVE JUST LOW ENERGY CONSUMPTION, BUT WILL HAVE TO POLLUTE THE ENVIRONMENT AS LESS AS POSSIBLE. THE HEATING-COOLING SYSTEM WILL WORK WITH GEOTHERMAL ENERGY. THE BUILDING IS FREE OF GAS – AND FUEL OIL, PIPELINE SYSTEM WILL NOT BE USED. THE NECESSARY SOIL COLLECTOR EQUIPMENT WILL BE PLACED IN THE CEMETERY GARDEN. WE COLLECT THE RAINWATER FALLING ONTO THE AREA AND THE ROOF. WE WILL USE IT FOR IRRIGATION AND VEHICLE WASHING. THIS WAY WE WILL USE LESS DRINKING WATER AND WE WILL NOT NEED RAINWATER PUBLIC UTILITY.
THE HEAT INSULATION AND THE STRUCTURE OF THE BUILDING ASSURE A VERY GOOD BALANCE OF HEAT. THE HEATING-COOLING SYSTEM NEEDS AS LESS ENERGY AS POSSIBLE, THIS WAY ITS POLLUTION IS MINIMAL TOO. THE BUILDING IS MAINTAINABLE FOR A LONG TIME, IT IS ECONOMIC, AND VERY LOW POLLUTION EMITTING.
PRESENT STATE: AFTER THE SUCCESSFUL DESIGN COMPETITION, THE CITY OF SZENTENDRE ORDERED FROM OUR OFFICE THE PERMIT- AND TENDER PLANS, WE FINISHED THEM IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF YEAR 2009. AT THE MOMENT WE ARE SELECTING THE CONTRACTOR. BEGINNING OF BUILDING WORKS: OCTOBER 2009. EXPECTED FINISH: OCTOBER 2010.

Lead Architect »

A4 Studio
Budapest
Hungary
 

Professional Credits »

Architect
Mr Zoltan Papp
A4 Studio Kft
Hungary
0036 1 392 7887
studioa4@t-online.hu

Architect
Mrs Rita Varga
A4 Studio Kft
Hungary
0036 1 392 7887
studioa4@t-online.hu

Architect
Mr Arpad Vilics
A4 Studio Kft
Hungary
0036 1 392 7887
studioa4@t-online.hu

Architect
Miss Orsolya Maza
A4 Studio Kft.
Hungary
0036 1 392 7887
studioa4@t-online.hu

Landscape Architect
Mrs Marta Preszter
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Hungary
003613927887
studioa4@t-online.hu