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The Special Spatial Forms of Hungarian Architecture

Author(s): János Gerle
Subject(s): Architecture
Published by: Napkút Kiadó Kft.
Summary/Abstract: The concept of a special Hungarian architecture emerged in the early 19th century, when cultural independence was an important issue in other areas, too. Count István Széchenyi’s writings on this subject in 1834 (Dust and Mud in Pest) are considered to be the fi rst formulations of these concepts, which are still valid today: “I cannot describe the varied and unusual impressions the city made on me when I fi rst travelled down the Danube to Pest…On going ashore I asked, where is the old city; where are the dwellings of the descendants of the Scythians of yore; where is the court of their princes? I look at these dwellings and the question arises automatically: how is it that in the middle of Hungary, the Hungarian of today lives in houses built in the Italian style? Neither the northern nor the southern model is perfectly suited for Hungarian buildings; the original image of the Hungarian nation and its climate has special characteristics, even if they aren’t necessarily striking, so its architecture must be independent, and, consequently, these edifi ces must necessarily show special features…”

  • Page Range: 99-120
  • Page Count: 22
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Russian