Location Budapest, Szőlő utca
Client Óbuda
General design MCXVI Architects
Grapfic design Gábor Szokolyai
Status Completed
Project year 2011

Roman mosaics, Op-Art paintings and the pixelized imaging method of screens basically use the same method. The image consists of small sized monotone bits of different colour and shade, which together form the image. In this case one façade element is one unit, the image is the whole façade. In other words one façade element makes one pixel, so the coloured insulating skin will not eliminate the borders of the facade panels, therefore it remains honest.
The original image was a photo of blue grapes, used as a base of graphical manipulation, without aiming to create a recognizable picture. Blue, green and white shades are also adequate to communicate with the shades of the hills behind, the sky and the park in front. I aimed to blur the contour of the block into the silhouette of the hills, eliminating the borders between the two elements, to soften the huge volume. The block for it’s extension and position is not a façade to be coloured, but a “townscape element”. I tried to create orderly disorder, what became a dominant element of contemporary architecture. It is also capable to merge the disorder coming from the use of the building into itself.


List of participants:
Project Manager: Péter Puskás, Vice mayor of Óbuda-Békásmegyer Municiplaity
Project coordination: Árpád Rózsás
Chief Architect: Gábor Sipos

Gábor Szokolyai, architect (MCXVI Architects) – visual concept
Zoltán Szikra, Sándor Csombordi, (LINERA Építész Iroda) – technical documentation

Contractor: ÉPKAR Zrt.
Building installations: Ökoplanet Kft.
Supervisor engineer: Gábor Kelemen

European Union 6th Framework Programme
Concerto II. – STACCATO
Óbuda-Békásmegyer Municipality
Panel Plus Programme
Főtáv Ltd.

Energia Klub
Central European University, Budapest (CEU)
Energiahatékony Önkormányzatok Szövetsége (EHÖSZ)
and the tenants of the “Village House”