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Hungarian pavilion at the EXPO ’92, Seville, Spain

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Hungarian pavilion at the EXPO ’92, Seville, Spain

After the failure of several concepts, finally Imre Makovecz was commissioned to design the Hungarian Pavilion in Seville in 1989. The official assignment took place in September 1990 and the building was completed nearly one year later, with the help of Hungarian construction workers. This is the building that brought international recognition for Imre Makovecz.

The interior framework reminiscent of ribs in a human chest, the monolithic surface rising from a soil refill, the seven towers marking the borderline between East and West and the dual façade are all parts of Imre Makovecz’s architectural toolset. Inside the building, the oak tree standing in the glass floor that simultaneously presents that world under and above the ground is a reference to the era of Atlantis. Combined with synchronized lighting, the reverse cupola under the tree creates a perception of an infinite world.

The pavilion sums up the architecture of the Farkasrét mortuary, the churches of Siófok and Paks and the village centre of Kakasd while also foreshadowing the Stephaneum at Piliscsaba (1995).

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