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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Sopron, the rehabilitation of the Várkerület in Hungary by Hetedik Műterem Ltd.

December 6th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hetedik Műterem Ltd.

As one of Hungary’s cities located most to the west, Sopron is the “City of Loyalty”, lying very near to the Austrian border. It’s a relatively small city with a medieval historic core, directly enclosed by the Várkerület area, which today is a busy and hectic district of pedestrians and traffic.


Sopron looking back to current

  • Architect: Hetedik Műterem Ltd.
  • Name of Project: Sopron, the rehabilitation of the Várkerület
  • Location: Sopron, Hungary
  • Project team: Orsolya Almer, Jessica Dvorzsák, András Páll, Orsolya Simon, Levente Szabó, Tibor Tánczos
  • Landscape design: Csenge Csontos, Borbála Gyüre (Geum Műterem)
  • Project year: 2009
  • Project area: 33 000 m2

The beauty of Sopron’s Várkerület is in its constantly changing street sections and three dimensional relations along the half kilometre length of the street. All of this connecting with the Castle district and its buoyancy and liberality. This dual characteristic – the longitudinal buoyancy and the cross sectional diversity – is the greatest value that we aimed to emphasize and accentuate. We imagined large and unified space structures, meaning perspicuity and unified structural approach.


Sopron looking back

Standing on either point of the Várkerület we know and feel that we are on this site. We designed a structural web, which arranges the elements of the space as musical staves. (green surfaces, lines of casing, furniture) As the musical notes in the staves, here the elements sound the concept, unify it, and make them unique. Our system is as functional. It unfolds the possibilities in the duality, and at the same time it can read out as an emblematic identity-giving whole.
After winning the competition, the preparation of the study plan consisted of several steps, with the series of co-ordinations and presentations in public forums. This way, though the concept rationalized, it did not differ from its fundamentals and main concept. Our mindful, engineer-like and defensive approach will assure the assimilation into the urban fabric and its long-term operation.


maria statue

Sopron maria statue in current

Sopron, the rehabilitation of the Várkerület

Sopron, the rehabilitation of the Várkerület

Bird Eye View

Loyalty fountain

Pavilion closed

Pavilion open



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