Castle of Salgó

by Norbert Juhasz from Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Architecture, Hungary
Tutored by: Miklós Jancsó

Author comments:

My diploma is not a castle reconstruction or monument renovation, more like a search for the deeper meaning and redefining of the term 'castle'. The essential of my project is based on the recognition that the castle reveals itself in a completely different interpretation for the man of today as it did in the past. This difference brings attention to the more vital reasons of building: the relationship between man and nature where architecture is the language, our reaction to the environment.
In the past, the castle was built for escalating survival chances: built on a higher ground with good defensibility, from local materials and the focus was on the function instead of aesthetics. It was created in the most logic, honest manner. Today, it lost its original function but the appearance of tourism and how we handle our built heritage transformed it: it became a source of experience.
This source is based on the castle itself, which could be a symbol of human creativity: how men was capable of creating a home on the petrified lava of a volcano. The other base is our awe to the nature, emphasized by the panorama and the basalt-pillars of the peak. So the reason for building the castle further is escalating the experience so the visitor could live the time (extended by new functions) spent here as a path, which unfolds on the highest peak as a catharsis. My architectural answer tries to express this in the most honest, harmonic way, but in a fresh and progressive manner.

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