Csaba Nagy, © Classmate Studio, Photographer: Classmate Studio

Csaba Nagy

Archikon Architects

Bartok Bela | 1114 Budapest
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Archikon Architects

Founded in 1989, Archikon Architects in Budapest earned a reputation as one of Hungary’s leading architectural practices for innovative reconfigurations of buildings, respecting existing structures while also creating something new. The majority of their portfolio is dedicated to communities. The office is led by Csaba Nagy and Karoly Polus, and they work on public, social, educational, residential, and mixed-use buildings, in both private and public sectors.

As a result of the unique and innovative solutions, many of Archikon Architect’s projects have received awards in Hungary. These include the Budapest Architectural Award of Excellence, the Hungarian Media's Architectural Prize several times,the Pro Architecture Award, and The Building of the Year Award as well. Archikon has also been recognized internationally. The Paris Court won the Architizer A+Award and the Vizafogó Kindergarten was included in the shortlist of the EUMiesaward 2022, and the Piranesi Award 2021.

The practice is currently involved in the reconstruction of iconic turn-of-the-century buildings, such as the Hotel Gellért, the Hunyadi Square Market, as well as the Palace of Justice and the Ministry of Agriculture, two buildings which have come to characterize the image of Kossuth Square.

Innovation in revitalization
In recent years, there has been a lot of opportunities for the renewal and revitalization of numerous iconic buildings of Budapest in light of a historic preservation momentum. This is extended to both turn-of-the-century and modern buildings. Archikon took part in a lot of these projects which range from hotels, to thermal baths, but include cultural institutions as well.

Sustainable solutions, everyday innovations
An environmentally conscious approach is crucial for envisioning a sustainable built environment. The realization of the 100-unit passive house designed by Archikon was a milestone in local energy efficient design. This approach is also carried into collaborations with landscape architects on the renewal of public parks. Two relevant examples of this are the Bikás Park in Buda, and the Vizafogó Park in Pest.

Buildings for future generations
Institutions of education and care are the sites of first interaction with public buildings for the younger generation. Thus, it is crucial that these buildings provide the foundation for a healthy and beneficial environment aiding the mindful develpment of children and the youth.