A group of creative people came up with something you might cal „total design” for Lanchid 19. Glass is the predominant material, from the facade to the interior space, as it creates the impression of opennes, light and intertwining of the inside and outside.
Written by: Natasa Bodrozic
Budapest, a mid-European capital and an increasingly attractive destination for numerous adventurous tourist of Europe and the world, is developing at a rapid pace. As they search for the breath of exotic past, monarchist panache and the mysteious vibe of the period behind the iron curtain int he rythm of Bela Tar’s satanic tango, thousands of people craving for revelations, as well as visual, sensual and gastronomic sensations visit this bicoastal city every year. Aware of its position and potential significance at the tourist map of the world, Budapest is increasingly changing its appearance.
Lanchid 19, a Budapest hotel located int he street of the same name ont he coast of Danube, is surounded by an architectonic environment that mostly orginates from the nineteenth century. It stand sas a combination of contemporary designer approach, construction that is in harmony with the surrounding and respect for the heritage that is incorporate into its structer. The interdisciplinary appoach int he design of its appearance is another characteristic that makes this hotel so special. The building itself and its interior are the result of an interesting coopeation of Hungarion architects, graphic artists, photographers and fashion designers. This group of creative people came up with something you might call „total design” for Lánchí 19. Glass is the predominant material, from the facae to the interior space as it creates the impression of openness, light and intertwining of the inside and outside. The rooms are individually design and each of them tells a unique story which is accompanied by unavoidable classic pieces of designer furniture. The wardrobe of this hotel’s staff certainly doesn’t qualify as ready-to-wear. The winners of the fisrt award at the recent contest for th ebest Hungarian fashion designer have come up with a collection of hotel uniforms that wondrfully go along with the overwall décor. The hotel was opened in August of 2007.
As you get near the hotel, you will be enchanted by its attractive positon, as it is located just below a slope that features the monumental royal castle of Buda. The architectonic-designer team of Peter Sugar, László Benzur and László Kara has designed a dynamical facade that is furhter revitalized by the changing of colours, which makes for a really innovating lighting concept. The kinetic glass facade that reacts to the stimulations by the surrounding is, according to many, a true work of art in its own right. That is confirmed by the award it recieved int he category of product-design within the annual Hungarian Designer Awards. The facade, the trademark of this inspirational hotel building, was achived by designes of studios Szövetség ’39 and Nextlab, and they created a tangible substance out of the architects’ original idea. Those two groups of creative young people, whose primary focus is experimental development, and a wide circle of their associates have ennobled this project with unique technological solutions. The facade is illuminated every night, which causes the hotel to appear as a rectangular, slightly futuristic lighthouse ont he coast of Danube. The movement of glass flanges, which compose the facade and are painted in small graphics, usually follow of the river, but can also be moved by a strong wind that intensifies the surface itself until it calms down and re-establishes the balance. The signals of the meteorological censor that is attached at the top of the hotel regulate this process. The facade of teh Lánchíd Hotel is the wall of the twenty-first century. The hotel interior is, again a completely special story. During the construction of the hotel the location of its foundations revealed historical remainders of the medieval city walls and the water tower that was a part of the system that provided water for the royal castle. These archaeological remainders were later restored and incorporated into the new building, and are now visible though the transparent glass floor int he hotel lobby. That is where history is adequately integrated intet he interior that also features the classics of modern design, such as Alvaro Aalt’s chairs that are combined with traditional furniture. Glass is the predominant material int he interior as well and it contributes to the sense of connection and movement as well as the overrall intertwining of space, which are the basic characteristic of building. The tall glass towers above the lobby enable the natural light to come through and spill across the joint spaces and the glass briges that lead to the rooms. The stairs, which are made of glass and steel, connect the lobby with the restaurant hat is located at the gallery above.
The hotel has forty five rooms and three apartments, which are very individual in their design and express the designer approach that is based on experiment and playing around. All the rooms have views, whether it’s towards the royal castle or the coast of Pest across the river. The spatial organization of rooms is in harmony with the organization of the intire hotel, so some bedrooms and bathrooms are divided merely by a glass wall or sliding doors, which again contributes to the concept of ”floating space”. The one thing a customer might dislike about that construction is the fact that it allows very little privacy, at least int he traditonal sense of separate rooms. The rooms are furnished in designer furniture, such as the chairs by Philippe Strack or Verner Panton, and that invites the guests to engage in a little creative game. All the rooms have sound isolation, and the view from the windows offers a seductive prospect.
Lánchíd 19 received its name after a „chain bridge” that speads over Danzbe, as it represents one of the most importent national symbols that connect Buda and Pest. As it watches over the nearby Danube just below the royal palace, it is obvious that the hotel owes a great deal to its incredibly attractive location.
Lánchíd 19 is a member of the „Design Hotels” chain, which is a group of private hotels that are united in an idea of progressive design.