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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.

Cement Plant in Szentlőrinc, Hungary by MHM Architects

 
October 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MHM Architects

STRABAG corporate group, as a large and important European construction company, operates in many fields of the global construction industry.With the opening of the eastern border the  focus on the central and central-eastern Europe countries has been strengthened.

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  • Architects: MHM Architects
  • Project: Cement Plant
  • Location: Szentlőrinc, Hungary
  • Photography: Kurt Hörbst, Hertha Hurnaus
  • Planned from 2006 to 2009
  • Built from 2007 to 2011
  • General design concept & layout for office and laboratory buildings by MHM architects, Vienna Matthias Molzbichler, Sebastian Haselsteiner, Florian Molzbichler
  • Client: Nostra Cement Kft., STRABAG
  • Full service general contractor: STRABAG Hungary
  • Process technology planning: A TEC Production & Services GmbH

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The entrepreneurial thinking of STRABAGis based on the needs of national and international markets and mainly covers the areas of road construction, building construction, civil engineering and project development.

A basic requirement to handle the processing of small orders as well asspect acular large-scale projects in the future is a broad and well-functioning infrastructure.This refers, among other things, to the mining of raw materials(gravel, clay, etc.) and further processing those materials into finished products such ascement.

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Therefore in 2006 the corporate group decidedto construct a new cement plant inthesouthern HungarianSzentlörincin the communityKiralyegthaza, run in a joint venture with Lafarge cement holding since 2010 and completed in 2011.

The possibility to upgrade the local traffic conditions, the proximity to the Limestone quarry Bükkösd and not leastthe close proximity to the University city of Pécsfavored the choice of the location and allows an annual production capacity of 630 to 800 kilotons o fcement.

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The approximately10-acre, rectangular plant area is composed of many heterogeneousstorage and production buildings. The largest buildings in this area are the transfer hall, the so called “kiln line” (consisting ofpreheater, kilna nd theclinkercooler), as well astheclinkergrinding plant.However, the distinctiveandwidely visiblelandmark of the plantis the furnacewith a height of 95 meters.

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An industrial projectof this magnitude, which is extremely complex in terms of organization andtechnical coordination, requires that the structural design and engineering of the majority of the building elements are predefined by the innate industrial processes and must not be changed.

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Anyways, there has been still a large variety of design options such as landscape and openspaceplanning,facade design, as well as the main intention of a qualitativehighlighting thepanoramiceffect of themajor tectonicedifices. Not to reserve the architectural interventions to the approximately 90 employees and their guests but to make it accessible to a broader public was the ulterior motive to design even the highest and therefore largely visible building structures.

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However, the goalwas not thepure-and thereforecompletely isolated-ornamentin the sense of Art Decoand postmodernism, butan intelligentandrealisticdesign conceptto raise contentstringency,architecturalmaturityand creativesustainability for the future. The look of the cement plant inSzentlörinc refers to the concept of modernity of Robert Venturi, who criticized: “The contrast between the Interior and the exteriorcan beone of themain manifestationsof thecontradictions inherent inthe architecture” (Insideand Outside,1966).

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Presentation

MHM architects» has been existed for more than 30 years. The Company set up in 1972 as an architect’s bureau, has been working in its staff composition since 2005. Presently our staffs in representation offices in Vienna and Linz are working in projects for Austria and European foreign countries, in the first place, for Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.

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The projects implemented by «MHM architects» are notable for its high level of professional skills and quality in the field of projects’ design and implementation. The Company’s activities are arranged on the basis of partnership dialogue with the aim to find made-to-measure solutions fully complying with the needs of the developer. Being a General Designer, we are holding core position in designing and implementation activities.

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As a General Designer, we are in cooperation with the specialists of various designing fields to coordinate their activities. Long-term partnership, as well as sustainable cooperation with multidisciplinary designing enterprises ensures innovation solution and additional synergy in the interests of the clients.

Associated members of «MHM architects» are certified architects Mr. Matthias Molzbichler (Managing Director), certified architect Mr. Sebastian Haselsteiner and certified architect Mr. Florian Molzbichler.

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Scope of the Work Performed

Urban Development. Our work in the field of urban development includes concepts formulation for framework projects, housing development and land use planning and management designs, as well as draft designs for area overwhelming development aiming at optimal solutions formulation as the legally adopted backbone for design development. Similarly, investor-oriented urban development concepts are to be designed for municipal and community administrations, as well as building development and land use zoning projects.

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Architectural Design and Engineering. Projects’ Design. The Company’s key activities direction is architectural design of the property including concepts development, engineering and construction implementation of particular projects. Our construction projects are unique and undoubtedly recognizable, as far as these are erected under individual projects.

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We are rendering all and any services in the field of design planning and scheduling, preparatory work, providing support in course of ordering, as well as in the field of building supervision, property and facilities monitoring, work coordination, architectural, artistic and technical supervision, including consideration of aesthetic, technical, economic and social factors. We are viewing design as an integrated component of our construction, architectural and artistic tasks.

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General Designing. As a general designer, we would like to offer implementation of full set of architectural and engineering work. Thus, the developer deals with the sole partner under the contract. Apart from reduction of contact persons’ number in course of project work execution and making of contracts, the client shall enjoy a comprehensive range of services in the field of designing scheduling and implementation. As a general designer, we are in a position to involve European companies possessing maximum skills, experience and proficiency in relevant fields (statics, MEP networks and equipment, physics of civil engineering, fire protection etc.).

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Studies, Research, Analysis and Expert Opinion Reports. «MHM architects» would like to offer additional consultancy services, such as site surveys for development, job site structure definition, application profiles designing or buildings and facilities technical requirements definition, as well as assessment of agreements on quality parameters, costs and expenses, timing to complete relevant scope of work estimation.

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Specific work types at the projects development stage shall be implemented on the basis of our high-end techniques in the field of design development and projects’ construction. We are designing and developing projects to comply with modern artistic and technical requirements considering existing urban development structure to ensure functionality and purposefulness with the aim to suit the market with due account for economic tasks and goals.

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References

For the last thirty years «MHM architects» team has gained broad experience to solve various diversified tasks in the field of construction activities. When starting operations, the core projects mainly included community and public buildings and facilities, such as schools, dormitory accommodations and dwelling houses, now the range of activities covers such projects, as modern office centers, as well as various buildings of special application (museums, universities, industrial facilities, swimming pools and saunas).

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When designing its architectural solutions, «MHM architects» puts great emphasis on the design, as an integral element of our construction and artistic activities. We can also include here broad experience in the field of premises layouts development and interior design.

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