设计单位 KROKI & ARCHIKON
Darkened corners, rusted metalwork and damage from the tumultuous wartime events that shook Europe in the 20th Century all combined to make for an architectural sight that was at once historically rich yet in many ways a shadow of its former glory.
Over the last three years, a partnership between interior design studio KROKI and architecture studio ARCHIKON has worked to revive the downtown location, restoring the dark and damaged arcade to a decorated landmark that introduces proper lighting to its intricate details for the first time in its history.
The goal was first to restore the historical features of the central passageway, which is now open to the public as it had been prior to its disrepair. This meant maintaining the unique facades and decorative elements of the building that its creator, Henrik Schmahl, had designed it with when it was built at the beginning of the 1900s. Glimpses of Neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau and Moorish aesthetics can be spotted throughout the covered space. The myriad details that once decorated the passageway is a rarity across Europe, and so when work started it was essential that these same features were restored and maintained to their previous, ornate glory.
The initial work on the Paris Court began with ARCHIKON, who first needed to restore the glass dome that acts as the centrepiece for the walkway. ARCHIKON, who has worked on numerous restorations of historic buildings in Budapest, knew that the first goal should be to bring light into the passageway. This dome was meticulously cleaned and, where necessary, replaced with the same attention to detail that it had previously been built with. A protective casing has also been added to the dome, securing the delicate construction from the elements while still allowing light to pour into the central seating area below. The protective case itself is designed with a tiered set of windows, while a small terrace at the first floor of the residences allows for access to the glass dome, acting a small viewing space into the arcade below.
They could not have provided any natural light. As a solution, ARCHIKON installed clever lighting into the arches of the arcade, giving the impression of natural light that simultaneously enhance the intricate details of the decorated passageway.
While ARCHIKON worked hard to tactfully restore the arcade to its historical beauty, it was the work above within the residences that allowed the architectural Studio to bring modern aspects to the building. A once-open air courtyard that provided access to the apartments themselves has now been covered with a unique rooftop with geometrical glass panels. This allows light into the renovated space but protects it from the elements. And while this same area has been restored as an interior space, close attention was paid to maintaining the original features of the building, such as the octagonal column of the building's previous elevator or the elaborate stained-glass windows that give the newly covered space a sense of fantasy.
Nowhere is this attention to the original features better seen than in the new floor that has been added onto the building and is being used for the hotel's presidential suite. Here ARCHIKON built a rooftop terrace to provide a grand view over the city while still retaining a sense of privacy and personal space.
KROKI is a reputed interior design firm based in Budapest, its offices located only a short distance from the Paris Court itself. Besides adding delicate features to the passageway like the reception desk that mirrors the old tiles, its work on the building involved renovating the old apartments in the floors above the public passageway, repurposing them as hotel rooms and residences for Hyatt Hotel’s The Unbound Collection, of which the Paris Court is now part of.
Where the grand, ornate nature of the passageway below is opulent, KROKI instead favoured a greater simplicity for the look of these rooms. The interior design 工作室 wanted to create a contrasting experience within these rooms, inspired by the pearls of a jewellery box to create brighter spaces that act as opposing visual antidotes to the arcade that guests must enter before coming to their rooms. The focus is on the detailing of the rooms, explain co-founders of KROKI Studios, Andras Gode and Balázs Kery, who add: “We were inspired by the heritage of the great designers of the 1900s, but wanted to make a contemporary version of the Arabian Nights that they had originally envisioned with the building.”
KROKI leveraged particular motifs of the building when designing the style it would adopt for the guest rooms, using them as subtle callbacks to the textures, styles and colours of the renewed arcade below. Exclusive, custom-made patterns are used on the floors or the wallpaper, their hexagonal shape recalling the tiling used on the floor of the arcade. The sparing use of black in the bespoke furniture is reminiscent of the passageway’s walls and thematic colouring. Custom wooden panels recreate the Arabian Moorish style that was prominent in Schmahl’s original design. Subtle notes of pale green are used to annotate each room, paired to the same green found in the famous Zsolnay ceramics that are used to adorn numerous historical structures inside and outside of Budapest, including the rooftop of the Paris Court building itself.
Part of the challenges of the Paris Court was that many of the residences were unusual and inconsistent shapes that could not be strictly planned for. KROKI worked closely with the construction team to ensure its vision of contrasting balance was properly implemented. A presidential suite was also built into a new floor that rests on the top of the building, and here KROKI had greater flexibility to install bespoke fixtures such as large, hanging mirrors or custom-made furniture and fittings that present a sense of luxury.
However, it impresses particularly because of the way it provides immediate access to the building's original rooftop tiles. These famous Zsolnay tiles are a familiar sight on numerous historical buildings throughout Budapest and Hungary, but nowhere else is it possible to have such direct closeness to the iconic ceramics. An architect's work is perhaps the most complex with such historic buildings. One of the most iconic turn-of-the-century residential buildings in Budapest had to be converted into a luxury hotel, returning its old light, authentically as a listed building, but with contemporary building extensions, in a way that it becomes a unified whole.
设计单位：KROKI & ARCHIKON
主创建筑师：Csaba Nagy、Károly Pólus、Krisztina T. Major、Ádám Pásztor、Miklós Batta
主创设计师：Balázs Kéry、András Göde
设计团队：Béla Gál、Zoltán Harmat-Szabó、Tímea Téby、Dominika Sárközi、Katalin Horváth-Maróti、Péter Debreczeni、Ferenc Göde、Bálint Csóka、Annamária Tóth、Zsuzsanna Kertész、Renáta Paunoch
摄影师：Tamás Bujnovszky、Bálint Jaksa
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