László Földes (1959)
László Pethő (1970)
| László Földes:
...I think the opportunities create much bigger perspective
than we had before. You can do your private business without being
under the pressure of the state bureaucracy, this is very nice. On
the other hand there are many other challenges. This new capitalism
is often very cruel, sometimes stupid, and that makes things difficult,
you always have to manage with that.
...My aim is not to go to another place and enjoy an easier, nicer
life. My ambition is to make life better here, in this country. I think
all the citizens and we architects as well have a duty. And our duty
is to make life better, more normal, less bureaucratic, of higher quality
and so on and so on. If I have an architectural job and I do it according
to my best, maybe better than on an average level, than I am very satisfied.
I did something. And I think all the people in Hungary should do this
'something' in their field.
...I would like to have an intellectually and existentially strong
office that does not depend completely on clients. Where I can almost
choose among works, not because I am choosy but because if you are
in a position like that you can go for architectural quality.
...The other aim I have is to have a good family, harmonious, friendly,
happy. These things are sometimes against each other.
...Actually I'm fine. But to tell you the truth, Hungary
joining the EU isn't really perceptible just yet. We're too busy with
our day to day problems. We work a lot and have very little time. I
have no idea when we'll be able to move forward from this point of
stagnancy, when people can begin to relax a little. There's a general
feeling of restlessness and nervous tension. I, for example, have a
bad tooth but haven't had the chance to see a dentist for months. That
...Ideally, I'd like for people to look us up because they have
a certain view of the world, which incorporates many things, from
architecture to literature, everything, and somehow we fit into this
picture. And if their picture and the picture we have to offer somehow
fit together, then the situation is ripe for cooperation, which of
course can still tip over at any time, but I'd like to be considered
because of the quality of the work we do, not based on how many people
work for me or how much money I make.
...I don't have my own family yet, but there are lots of children
in my larger family, which is great. But I am planning on having
a family. First the dentist, then a family.
WET Research and Development Center
The building has three floors and is divided into three clearly
defined horizontal wings. The wing nearest to the main road houses
office spaces on three floors. The central wing is a covered atrium,
and forms the core traffic zone of the building. The service areas
are located in the third wing (conference rooms, kitchens, photocopier,
changing room and showers, cafeteria, service spaces etc.). The
office wing and the service wing are connected by bridges running
through the atrium. These bridges, along with stairs and other
hallways, render the covered atrium attractive and break up the
space. The large atrium also serves as a secondary light source
for the office wing. An energy-saving design was important to the
client, so the building makes use of the possibilities of its position.
The southern façade of the office wing is separated from its environment
with an active climate wall. A double-glazed glass wall lowers
heating requirements by 40-60% under average weather conditions
and, to a lesser degree, reduces the necessity of air conditioning.
It also serves as a sound barrier between the offices and the heavy
traffic of the main road.