We received photos and information about a modern residential project located in Budapest and entitled KK House. Here is the press release we were sent: “Our planning agency, the Archikron Architect and Interior Design Studio planned and carried out this 270 square meter, two-level, self-contained house with a flat roof, in Budapest. The exterior of the house is constituted by mostly natural materials, such as limestone wall coating and timber panels. The doors and windows were made of timber with triple glazed windows, which is an important viewpoint in connection to the present-day energy costs.The interiors are characterized by a minimalist design.
Bright,white walls and flooring, wenge and zebrano veneer surfaces alternate to create visual appeal. The furniture is custom-made; everything from the kitchen units to the bed. On the first floor there is a living room, a huge, modern dining-room with kitchen, an intimate guest room with a bathroom. The upper level hosts another two master bedrooms with bathroom and two children’s rooms. We took note of the energy consciousness in the case of the house planning. A geothermal heat pump system is responsible for the cooling and heating system of the house. The hydro-thermo fireplace in the living room can also help with the hot water supply”. How do you find the interiors of this residence? [Photography by Katalin London]
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.