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Budapest Architecture & Furniture Design Walk

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


There are so many beautiful buildings in Budapest. If you look up you can see gorgeous details in the facades.  The other day I had a chance to participate a little Budapest architecture & furniture design walk and learn & heard interesting stories about the design history of the city.

Most of the houses at Grand Boulevard were built in the the late 19th century. Btw, Grand Boulevard is the Ring Road starting from Margit Bridge on Pest side and continuting all the way to Petőfi Bridge. The styles of these buildings represent Neo Gothic, Neo Renaissance, Neo Baroque and Neo Rococo. 

The facades and corners were often decorated with evil features to protect the house from bad things. Often these figures were from the Greek mythology such as snake haired Medusa, but also from the history of Hungary such as a soldier with moustach and plaits.

Take a peek inside of one of the buildings while walking in the city. You can find gorgeous entrances, staircases and courtyards. I took a couple of pics of an entrance near Vígszínház. The ceiling was full of beautiful paintings in Bombay style.

The houses were apartment buildings already then. The first floor was for the owner and the the upper  floors were rented out. The higher you went the lower was the rent, because there were no lifts. The servants lived on the top floor and there were also the bathrooms and laundry department.

The homes were decorated to suit for the style of the house, so pieces of furniture representd these specific styles as well.


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(FI) Budapest on täynnä upeita rakennuksia. Kun välillä katselee ylöspäin, huomaa hienoja yksityiskohtia. Budapestissa järjestettiin pieni arkkitehtuuri & huonekalu-design kävely, johon osallistuin. Oli aivan mahtavaa oppia ja kuulla kiinnostavia tarinoita liittyen kaupungin design-historiaan.

Suurin osa Kaarikadun taloista rakennettiin 1800-luvun loppupuoliskolla. Kaarikatu on se katu joka lähtee Margit-sillan kupeesta Pestin puolelta ja jatkuu Petőfi-sillalle. Tyyliltään nämä rakennukset edustavat uusgoottia, uusrenesanssia, uusbarokkia ja uusrokokoota.

Julkisivut ja kulmat koristeltiin paholaishahmoilla, joiden tarkoitus oli suojella taloa ikäviltä asioilta. Usein nämä hahmot otettiin kreikan mytologiasta kuten esim. käärmehiuksinen Medusa, mutta myös unkarin omasta historiasta, esimerkkinä viiksekäs sotilas letteineen.

Käy kurkkaamassa jonkun talon sisälle. Sisääntulot, portaikot ja sisäpihat voivat yllättää upeudellaan. Tosin aika monet ovat huonossa kunnossa, mutta joukossa on myös vanhaa kunnioittaen rempattuja pihoja. Otin muutaman kuvan Komediateatterin viereisen talon sisääntulosta. Katto oli täynnä kauniita Bombay-tyylisiä maalauksia.

Talot rakennettiin jo silloin useiksi asunnoiksi. Ensimmäisessä (suomalaisittan toisessa) kerroksessa asui talon omistaja ja muut kerrokset vuokrattiin. Mitä korkeammalta vuokrasit, sitä edullisempi hinta, koska taloissa ei ollut vielä hissejä. Palvelusväki asui ylimpänä ja sieltä löytyivät myös peseytymistilat sekä pesula. 

Kodit sisustettiin talon tyyliin sopiviksi, joten myös kalusteet valmistettiin mukaillen renesanssia, barokkia, rokokoota tai goottilaisuutta.












Budapest Architecture & Furniture Design walk was organized by BÁV Antique shop at Szent István krt.  Super thanks for our guide art historian & furniture valuator Márk Görbe. He was so symphatic and passionate on art history.





14 comments:

  1. It's amazing how much attention is put into the detail. These all look fantastic especially those doors!!!

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    1. I agree with you! Nowadays there's probably no time to make these kind of art works for buildings.

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  2. I can't believe the intricate details on the buildings facade, pillars, the wrought iron, even the wood furniture! These must have been so labor intensive. So much talent and artistry!

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    1. Exactly - so much talent and patient as well :)

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  3. The architecture in Budapest is beautiful. It kind of reminds me of the renaissance with the pillars and the wrought iron which is always beautiful in my eyes!

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    1. Budapest has so many beautiful buildings. The style is a sort of mix of renaissace, rococo, baroque and gothic.

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  4. The old building are so much more intressting with so much work on details no matter where in the world. Look at the new buildings now, all the same with concrete walls everywhere. I am not into architecture but this walk is quite fascinating...like going to a museum. Beautiful!

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    1. It seems like every detail has a meaning and every bulding has different figures.

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  5. The architecture in Budapest looks absolutely breathtaking! I loved the details and the intrinsic designs of the door, windows and beautiful works on the pillars!

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    1. Yes, all those details in buildings give them that wow-factor.

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  6. Budapest is one country that has been on my list for son long now, I really hope to visit it soon. I love old architecture, and like to imagine what it must've been to live in that era. these facades and intricate design details on furnitures are so beautiful. Your photographs virtually took me to Budapest, thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. You are welcome! Happy you liked my photos :) Hope you can visit Budapest in the near future!

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  7. Oh wow everything looks so beautiful. The detail in the architecture is just incredible. The furniture is all so beautifully ornate too.

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  8. What beautiful buildings you found in Budapest, loving all the architecture and great images.

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