H House by Budapesti Műhely

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Architecture does not need to be complicated in order to be beautiful. Sometimes the most straightforward schemes tease out the trickiest characteristics of space, and H House designed by Budapesti M?hely is a study that demonstrates the power of simplicity. The firm transformed a peasant longhouse right outside of Budapest, Hungary by dividing the space into modular units, half of which are incorporated in circulation space and half of which are dedicated to program. The floor plan presents two rows of rooms separated by a hallway, but this austere organization reads much differently from the interior. Despite the room divisions, there is warmth to the space that is garnered by the honey wood floors and the generous views granted to each individual room. Columns and ceiling beams carry traces of the imposed grid, but the detail in the black-framed windows and doors, and the simple furniture creates the impression of a freer space within the house. The same type of column grid is extended to the outside porch, which is sheltered by the roof cladding and hollow gable supports overhead.

Pictures ©Tamas Bujnovszky



Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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