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Doboz Bar
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81font
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81font Peter Szendrő Doboz Bar BudapestDoboz Bar is situated in the heart of Budapest’s entertainment district at the World Heritage site of the Old Jewish Quarter. Its protected building is a great example of early eclecticism of the 1880’s with a classicist ground floor, and was transformed to a bar and entertainment center by 81font architects. The project came into the spotlight again recently after its designers were nominated for Highlights of Hungary and took the Forbes magazine special prize.

81font Peter Szendrő Doboz Bar BudapestThe building’s story is typical to that of many houses in the Old Quarter. Despite the classy architectural values of the area, the house became completely abandoned for the last decades of the 20th century. It served as the main children’s hospital in Budapest’s ghetto during World War II. Its last inhabitant was a rabbi with his seven daughters and then the condition of the building worsened from day to day.

The renaissance of the district began in the early 2000’s, when the area became the favourite destination of the locals and visiting tourists, thanks to the so called “ruin-bars that occupy the inside of the eclectical houses built around 1880-1900. The main objective of the architects of 81font - who are involved in shaping the entertainment district’s visual identity - is to preserve as many of the buildings’ architectural functions and original materials, while giving a new atmosphere to the inner spaces using various exciting design elements.
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81font Peter Szendrő Doboz Bar BudapestDoboz Bar was built in a building where the facade is under heritage protection. The bar’s name (meaning ‘box’ in Hungarian) is a reference to the installation in the middle of the old building’s courtyard, which has the shape of a hangar. The static atmosphere of the installation is challenged by the sculpture of Gabor Miklos Szoke, a wooden King Kong piece that is climbing up the patio’s 250 years old tree. The graphic design seen in the walls of the building were created by Eszter Laki. The venue can hold as many as 1000 guests, and the vision of 81font was to create a new type of cultural center. The squat party atmosphere of Doboz Bar is partly due to the presence of the original door frames. The floor is made of old oak, while the architects re-used as many of the original materials found in the house as possible. The lumbers of the loft are part of the installations in the grill bar, while the restrooms were created using the old doors found in the house and covered with 100 years old Zsolnay porcelain. A huge part of the furniture came from the city’s flee markets based on a firm design concept. A strong part of the idea is how the creators are using lights to create a unique atmosphere.
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81font Peter Szendrő Doboz Bar Budapest
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Hungary [Magyar]
Region
Közép-Magyarország
Province
Pest
Metropolitan borough
Budapest
Town
Budapest
Address
Klauzal utca 10
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Commercial buildings
Bars, cafeterias
Operations on existing buildings
Renovation, rehabilitation and restructuring
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2014    
Realisation
2015
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 492
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STAFF
 
Architect
Peter Szendrő
Collaborators
David Loszmann, Gabor Korintus, Kristof Pataricza
Art intervention
Gabor Miklos Szoke, Mark Viszlay, Mark Suveg
Graphic design
Eszter Laki
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Dániel Dömölky, Tamas Bujnovszky, Zsolt Batár
Text edited by Zerocom
Courtesy of Zerocom

81font Peter Szendrő Doboz Bar Budapest



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