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The revived Deák house / Szeniczey mansion | Paks

This week in our PACE X HYPEANDHYPER series, we present a reconstruction project from a few years ago, which sets an example even today: the contemporary renovation of Jozefa Deák’s former home in Hungary’s Paks.

In Hungary, old façades are relatively seldom renovated in a contemporary way (at least compared to Spain or Portugal, where even in small towns, medieval houses are quite often approached in a contemporary style). This is one of the reasons why this renovation is so remarkable, carried out by the architectural studio Karácsony Építész Iroda in the former Paks home of Jozefa Deák (the older sister of Hungarian statesman Ferenc Deák), which was handed over in 1808 and now houses a museum.

In addition to the renovation of the classicist mansion, the project also granted an opportunity for expansion. The tender, which was announced in the early 2000s, was followed by nearly fifteen years of planning and coordination. And today, we can see the end results of this process.

Not only was the new building attuned to the old one, but the existing mansion was also renovated in order to bring it closer to the new space, which was designed in a contemporary spirit. The aim of the architects was to make sure the experience of museumgoers starts right away when they see the Deák mansion and encounter the building, so that the two buildings can co-exist organically.

In our PACE X HYPEANDHYPER series, we showcase a prominent contemporary public building from the Central Eastern European region each week.

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