Zsófia Dankó (1962)
|...My profile, what I like doing, are complex but smaller
scale projects and invited competitions. I pick and choose between
what I want to do, because it's a part of practicing freedom.
...I adjust my lifestyle to the amount of money I make, and
not the other way around. If there's a period when your being
paid decently, then it's your duty to set something aside for
the times when there is no work. Our profession is not about
always living comfortably, existentially speaking. Miki Jancsó
and I divide our projects into two groups: there's the income
group that we don't really discuss. And there are the projects
we do for the love of it, which we talk about.
...I have three children of various ages. A teenager, a preteen
and a toddler. This lifestyle is one of being at the mercy of
others and requires maximum efforts, a lot of hard work, and
in the end the result is not always what you plan for in the
beginning. There's a lot of improvisation and reorganization.
I don't think it's a normal lifestyle, especially for a woman.
It's something you have to accept, that if you disappear for
a while the client is not going to wait for you, he's not going
to be understanding and just sit back and accept that you just
don't have the time.
...And if you don't have self confidence, if you don't have
the feeling that you can continue doing this, which women are
more susceptible to anyway, then you remain in the background.
That's what I mean by continuity, and it's important in this
profession to continually be involved. It's not like being a
teacher, which you can forget for two years and then go back
and stand in front of a class.
Methodist Church Center
Budapest III., Kiscelli utca
The multifunctional group of buildings was built on the narrow
plot following a competition. From the street one would not think
that the 1,800 square meter building houses a prayer hall, several
community rooms, an underground garage, offices, a library, a rectory,
guest rooms, and also a large hall in the loft. The front facade
of the narrow street that appears like a monolithic sign for the
viewer and the main entrance which lies a bit behind the street
front open the building and invite to step in. Inside, the two-story
high prayer hall can be opened to form a large meeting place together
with the community rooms and the gallery. The spatial structure,
the surfaces and furnishing of the church all attempt to create
a protective and warm atmosphere on a human scale within the inanimate
surroundings. The visible roof support, the covered walls and the
altar-piece that forms a niche in the wall are raw and simple.
Cleanliness, order and harmony are key factors in both the external
and internal architectural image. At the back of the building transitional
spaces, terraces and open-air congregational spaces provide a connection
to the outside.