Location Budapest, Budakeszi út
Client Jewish Community School Foundation
Floor area 640 m2
General design MCXVI Architects
Leading architect designer Gábor Szokolyai
Architect designer Ágota Demeter, László Herczeg, Tamás Pintér
Status Completed
Project year 2014
Photography Balázs Danyi

The villa’s plans were made in 1898, ordered by János Stangl’s widow. The designers Patisti-Hauer were a master builder couple. It was originally intended as a holiday home, and it also worked as a presbytery. The building is protected by the Capital’s cultural heritage.
In the previous situation, the terrain was very sloping towards the Budakeszi road, so it was less suitable for children activities in the courtyard. In addition, on the spot, one had the feeling of being as if the lower floor of the villa was dug. The exploration of the symmetrical and proportional terrain of intentional archival plans has been restored. The mass of the new building also delimits the traffic and parking area from the playground.
The intention of the concept is that the new part of the building is not a competitor of the mass of the villa, but rather the interpretation of the terrain.
The two parts of the building are connected to each other by a “bridge”. In the new section we created the new main entrance through which both the old and the new rooms are accessible.

The planned building consists of two stories. The upper level is the actual nursery level, where the group rooms connected bathrooms and locker rooms are located. The larger one is a “classic” nursing unit, the smaller one is suitable for holding childrens’ events and preschooling. During external weekend events, room groups can be separated and locked.
For a nursery school, it is important to have connection between the courtyard and the building itself, so we have direct access from the lobby, from the corridor and one of the group rooms. The opennings of the circulation spaces, the low parapet height of the windows, the playground and the facade graphics also strengthen the unity of the interior and exterior spaces.
The lower level is completely independent of nursery school level so there is no need for stairs, a ramp or a lift. As a result, children are not mixed with the adult traffic of the economic office or the event room.



Építészfórum, 2015. Óvoda az erdő mélyén (HU).