Architect Bence Turanyi and photographer Zsolt Batar unified artistic and professional visions to create a house in a forest on the outskirts of Budapest that balances sustainability, technology and price.
“The idea behind the building was to create harmony among man, nature and economic aspects.” says Bence Turanyi. “The sustainable wooden house breathes together with the surrounding trees, and its life is documented by the artist who lives in it.”
The owner of the house, renowned architectural photographer Zsolt Batar, is an old friend of Turanyi. The two brought ideas and ways of thinking from their respective areas, and unified them in a common project. “When two different ways of thinking meet, the result is something completely new. Our conversations about art, architecture and design were brought to life in this house.” says Turanyi about the experience.
For Batar, the house is not only a home, but also a source of inspiration. The photo series of the house has become an important milestone in his artistic career as he records the relationship of the house and the forest day by day, in every season.
“Architecture is in a new and challenging situation nowadays thanks to significant changes in the economical and social environment. We still need well-structured, quality houses, but often there is a choice among sustainability, technology and price.”
The structural framework of the house is made of prefabricated, cross laminated and glued timber panels (CLT). “A mere week passed between sending the digital data to the manufacturer and the completion of structural assembly on site, while the house was built in two days.”
“The Photographer’s House is a unique example of slow design: you can get your hands dirty while you collect wood from the forest to heat the fireplace, it sharpens all your senses thanks to the vivid presence of the forest, and it creates an emotional bond among man and nature. The House literally breathes together with forest, while in the inside there is the constant smell of wood. And this special smell is part of the living structure of the building. In wintertime, the fireplace heats the house, while during summer nights cool breezes from the woods are let through the open windows.”
Architect: T2.a Architects
Location: Pilis forest, near Budapest, Hungary
Architect In Charge: Turanyi Bence
Collaborator: Pinczes Eva
Area: 120 sqm
Photos: Zsolt Batar