Bánáti + Hartvig Architects’ New Office Building, Budapest

Bánáti+Hartvig Architects moved into a building they designed for themselves. The office was conceived to have the least possible impact on the environment. Reutilising an existing old building was self-evident. Principles of circular architecture can be also detected: the reuse of construction elements destined for demolition in the building. The external windows did not meet today’s energy-efficient insulation requirements, though the steel-framed glass portals were in good condition, so they were given a new lease of life as dividing walls for the meeting rooms. Similarly, the glass bricks were removed from the upper-storey walls and were given a role in separating the meeting rooms. A few old radiators were also saved from destruction. The architects made a decision not to cover or paint anything simply for the sake of aesthetics. Coverings were only used in places where it was architecturally essential. This architectural choice results in a novel yet coherent form of aesthetics.


Bánáti + Hartvig Architects; Béla Bánáti, Lajos Hartvig DLA, Noémi Kiss, Vera Lőcsei, Bendegúz Sánta

Bánáti + Hartvig Architects

Year of completion

Budapest, Hungary

Total area
1.046 m2

Tamás Bujnovszky

Project Partners

Exedra Kivitelező, Tervező Ltd., EB Hungary Invest Ltd., MádiLáncos Studio Építésziroda Ltd., Reticolo Ltd., Hano-Plan Ltd., Provill Ltd., Ventor Tűzvédelmi Ltd., Georéka Limited Partnership, FRT Raszter Építésziroda Ltd., ’95 Apszis Limited Partnership, Hano-Plan Ltd., Kelevill Limited Partnership

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