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  Erick van Egeraat,
Judit Z. Halmágyi,
János Tiba and Eszter Bódi
Erick van Egeraat:
The way to survive and a way to make your life good, is to do those things good which you think you gonna do good. After now twenty-four years of working I think I am getting quite at a good place. I like the work the way I do it. I think I do it in a sincere way, and hopefully with what I do I contribute to other people's lifes in a positive way. The world which I live in is a very fast world. It's a world which is about being different people at the same time in very short period of a week, I have to change my role, my attitude, my language continuously. The world I live in is a world which is very friendly, attractive, nice, but is also tough, very rude, unpolite. And I think that exactly this multitute of sites of life makes it very attractive to me.

I see my partner every day which is very-very important for me; I don't see my children every day, which is not so nice, unfortunately. The oldest is fourteen, and then there is two of twelve and one four. Let's say this part is both very-very challenging, very nice, I think the way I am able to relate with them is quite special, but of course if I really think what I would like then I would like to be more intense more longer. It is the same thing what I would like to with my things but I cannot want everything.

For instance I get to real work let's say practical work at 9 o'clock. I would continue until eight o'clock and then in the evening we would go for dinner and that dinner would definitely be dinner with people who I would like speak to businesswise. And only very rarely these are people who are strictly private related, friends or relatives. Yes, if I go on holiday, I go on holiday with people who are many-many times business related. That's the same what I just said: it makes it very attractive but it makes it also very demanding.

János Tiba:
I think life is becoming more and more enjoyable in Budapest. There are more and more people who appreciate quality. Lifestyle quality. Whether we talk about good restaurants or good buildings.

I am not the type of person who can separate private and business feelings in that sense. I think also in architecture is not strictly business related, we also have a lot to do with emotions.

What is very interesting that you can really adjust your mind quite clearly knowing that you are in an international environment your attitude, your behavior, even the judgment of your own values has to be set has to be different when being in Budapest or being in the countryside. In my own environment people are open, they are open to differences. Honestly I wouldn't need to be local, I can also be international at home. But it just feels better to be local.

Judit Z. Halmágyi:
Two children, yes, a daughter and a son, fourteen and twelve. I'm only taking care on the level of their freedom. To a bit would like to give a direction to help them to be themselves. It is not the time you are spending with the children is important so how long is, but how compressed is this, the value of this being together. I think it is truly in all over even here in the office, with the other staff, with the group, when we are focusing, we have those brainstormings, the intensity of minutes or hours are the most important.

We all know that the country suffered a lot and we have a lot of hurted part in the way of thinking, mind, spiritual forces and so on. I have been fighting for fourteen years or fifteen years from now. We would like to change a bit the mind here in that country.

It is likely we can change the visual sensibility of the Hungarian social life and a bit open the minds. We have insisted not to give up a certain level, our way of approaches, analysis, and visual quality; this let's say second war in my life, so it's succeed. That is why I am really so happy.

Eszter Bódi:
Development is a very serious business, a lot of money is involved and of course there are very strict rules set between the client and the architect and you have to comply with these rules which means that you have to know what happens if you take a certain decision financialwise. Because the money is involved in the process.

ING Central Office Building
Budapest VI., Dózsa György út
Planner: EEA Budapest Erick van Egeraat associated architects

The new, stringy-bony creature was built next to a typical modernist building. The old and legendary Trade Union Headquarters (1949), reconstructed partly (without the meeting hall) in 2002 according to Erick van Egeraat's plan, was often the scene of the autocratic communist party's congresses. The archetype of the new building next door is the wrapped Reichstag in Berlin, á la Christo. It is quite a large mass with a wing reaching far into the courtyard. The office space totals 25,000 square meters. Its main façade, longer that that of its "pair", purposefully falls into three parts to avoid monotony and to adapt to the scale of urban villas in the neighbouring district. The distorted, multi-linear, stone-glass-metal composition with tall, narrow windows is tied up with chromed ribbons in a seemingly ad-hoc fashion. There are lights hidden in the ribbons that draw the observer's attention in the evenings with their mysterious glow. A bit of the façade turns around the corners and even onto the ceiling of the bank's glass portal on the left hand side. There was no more wrapping left for the courtyard wing, only the walls are distorted there: mortared masses slide here and there and windows of various sizes jump up and down.



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