The Budapest-based architectural practice Vikar & Lukacs Architect Studio have just realised this eye-catching seven-storey headquarters of Hungarian Autoklub. Reminiscent of ‘a ribbon that wraps around the office spaces on seven floors, while articulating a letter ‘a”, the building is located in Budapest’s 4th District, Ujpest and its striking, instantly noticeable form is aimed to serve ‘as a point of orientation for drivers’.
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‘The main hall and service functions are found on the ground floor, while on the very top, under the arc is a rooftop terrace for representative meetings. The looping strip is about 1,0 meter thick, it has a changing width and deforms as it articulates the loop.
‘The two component of the building comes back also in the material usage, the strip without openings with metal cladding, and the glass curtainwall of the wrapped building volume. Using geothermal energy system in the building helped us to free the rooftop from technical devices.’