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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.

Prater Street in Budapest, Hungary by Atelier Péter Kis Architect

March 3rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal


The final building outline was determined by the scale and proportion of the sorrounding buildings. We didn’t want to form blocks that oppress their environment. Our primary aim was to find an acceptable, proportioned building form, that keeps the relative regulations, and we connected the most optimal number of apartments to this form. The sorrounding buildings and environment inspired the volume of the building. The existing firewalls on the location determined the volume from two sides: on one hand they are identifying characteristics of the site, on the other hand they ’section’ certain forms and buildings, therefore finishing these were one of the tasks. Instead of building something aside, we added the form to the site.

Apartments of Prater Street

  • Architect: Atelier Péter Kis
  • Project name: Práter street
  • Design studio: Kis Péter Építészműterme
  • Project team members: Peter Kis, Csaba Valkai, Ivett Tarr, János Sarusi Kis, Tamás Ükös, Gábor Balázsa, Gábor Divinyi, Barbora Tuckova
  • Client: Budapest Józsefváros Municipality
  • Gross useful surface area:
  • Plot area: 1218 m2
  • Plot percentage: 54,2 %
  • Net basic area: 4150 m2
  • Total square meter of flats: 2065 m2
  • Total square meter of corridors: 825 m2
  • Total square meter of offices, shops: 330 m2
  • Project start date: 2005.
  • Start of work: 2006. september
  • Completion of work: 2007. december
  • Photographer’s name: Zsolt Batár
  • Structures made of: (indicate material and manufacturer) Concrete
  • Facades made of: (indicate material and manufacturer) Ceramic AMV 92800 NF (240 x 115 x 10 mm)

Local value

We reacted to the form and volume of the sorrounding buildings observantly and sensitively. This way of designing gave us the possibility to add the new building volume in a wider sense. We integrated the block that sorrounds the location in two levels. On the one part, the new building covers the fire walls, on the other hand, the moulded block evokes them. The new volume finishes the sorrounding blocks, at the same time it marks the difference by the change of material.


Rise of value

Our firm will was to generate the development of the certain site, the sorrounding blocks and it’s wider environment. The integrated building form generates an inner garden, that visually connects the street to the inner space of the new block. Besides giving the green experience to the space, this solution lets natural sunlight in, it gives natural light to the inner street and apartments. We connected public spaces to this inner garden, that adds a certain value, and completes the simple function of the apartments. Using the advantage of the location, we could create two roof terraces, that give extraordinary panoramic view to the city, and Gellert-hill. The vegetation and it’s designed elements create a continuous, L-shaped garden and public space, that at the same time separates and connects the two block of the new building.

Bridge-like Walkway

Organization of inner spaces

A clear and uncomplicated longitudinal zone connects all the functions (apartments, parking, public spaces). This zone and the developed structural system allows the fexibility that appears in the organization of the functions, particularly in the layout of the apartments.

Bridge-like Walkway

Sustainability and efficiency

Besides using contemporary building methods, we focused on the sustainability of the building by using durable and persistent materials. The building suggests elegance and  balance by it’s proportion, scale and inner spaces, while it is functionally organized, frugal. The cost estimation and the consturction plan was continuously conrtolled during the design procedure.

Front View

Other people or enterprises involved in the project:

Strucure: FRT Raszter Mérnökiroda – Attila Farsang, Orsolya Dudinszky

Garden design: s73 – Sándor Mohácsi, Péter Balogh

Static: mTm Mérnökiroda – Péter Markovits, Róbert Kazsimérszky

Mechanist: Art- tax Szolgáltató Szövetkezet – András Oltvai, Zsolt Lengyel

Electronics engineer: Hochplan Kft. – Dezső Sax, Karola Kárpáti

Public services: László Kádár

Lift: Schindler Kft. – Gábor Balogh

Transport: Közlekedés Kft. János – Szegő, Angéla Kovács

Fire protection: Tűz-Ért-Ő Bt. – Sándor Venczel

Environment: Kotschy Bt. – András Kotschy

Akustic: Elekné Karsai Dr.

Appartment of Parter Street

Aerial View

Aerial View of Prater Street

Exterior View


Model of Parter Street


Side View of Model


Aerial View of Model

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