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Gellért Hill


Description of a 21st-century landscape.

Life and use preserve historical places from abandon. Use, however, is contemporary and adapted to a community's aspirations and needs. This short film introduces Gubahámori's proposal submitted for the competition to redevelop Gellért Hill, a historical site overlooking Budapest and awaiting requalification for integration into city life. The short film introduces a series of situations people can take advantage of in the renovated arrangement of the area.

The history of Gellért Hill is multi-layered. Over the centuries it has been used for various purposes: a religious site, a production area and a defensive location. Today it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Budapest and is a large green area in the city centre. Gubahámori's proposal aims to transform the site from an enclosure only visited by tourists to a lively urban space for local citizens. A more complex and multiple-participant community under municipal coordination is required in order to create a socially and economically functional system capable of rethinking and renewing itself over time.

In the video, figures are the focal point of various situations. Short texts accompany the images to describe the functions envisaged by the architects. The visual choice is clear: the repertoire of human figures plunders art masterpieces from various historical periods, while designed spaces are represented with pastel colours and simplified volumes. While technical drawings are usually used to portray the design, the video provides suggestions and evokes the future use of the public space. The last frame is a collage of nine tableaux vivants offering several viewpoints in a single glance.

(Story by Paola Ricco, The Architecture Player)


Architect: GUBAHÁMORI, Imre Bokányi
Mentioned project: Regeneration of the Gellért Hill (2016)
Project location: Budapest, Hungary
Visual Artist: Hajnalka Tarr

Hungary 2016
Duration: 4'18''