NEWS IN ENGLISH | From transformer building into high category downtown Art Deco office building
From transformer building into high category downtown Art Deco office building
2017-11-16 09:46:00



Marko MI9
One of the most unique Category "A" office buildings in downtown Budapest is to be delivered this year at Markó street 9: it used to be an electrical transformer building but has now been given a new identity. The attraction of the Art Deco building, which is under protection as a historical monument, derives from its busy inner city location, historical character and special interior design elements.

Vacant plots have become few and far between in downtown Budapest during last ten or so years since the economic crisis, therefore real estate developers have been increasingly focusing on refurbishing or converting existing buildings to meet 21st century requirements. This is what has also happened to Markó street 9, a building of outstanding architectural values, looking somewhat like office blocks to be found in many places of the US.

This Art Deco building, constructed in 1930 as an electrical substation for the district called Lipótváros, is now under national protection as a historical monument. The project entitled Markó Irodák 9 was launched three years ago with the aim of keeping the transformer building's impressive form and style, while creating up-to-date interior design and fit-out inside with new functions. Instead of fixed "office cells" an inspiring environment has been created in the whole of the building, relying on its existing, special spatial structure. The wide variety of spaces, their access to natural light, the lofts, green terraces and sunrooms equally contribute to the playfulness of space.

"The key values of the building include its mass, its facades and their relative proportions. Therefore, the key aspect of its restoration was - in addition to meeting tenants' requirements and with due respect to the designer's concept - to maintain its original character. Instead of making compromises as required by the fact that the building is categorised as a historical monument, along with other technical considerations, the architect utilised the given structural solutions and relevant circumstances in highly ingenious ways" - said, Erzsébet Kőszeghy, head of real estate management, representative of the real estate developer company.