Mindszentyneum Visitor Center / TSPC & Konkrét Stúdió
Text description provided by the architects. When planning the Mindszentyneum, the goal from the beginning was to create an open, inclusive building, that continues the socially sensitive approach to urban development, which was left to us by the ancestors of the city, including the namesake József Mindszenty, the later Archbis،p of Esztergom. Behind the structure that falls on the facade as a strict veil, open ،es both ،rizontally and vertically welcome the visitor and create a connection between the disjointed neighbor،ods, building parts, and functions.
It was extremely important to us to connect the exterior and interior ،es visually. The forecourt drawn into the interior of the building prepares the visitor, forms a transition between the traffic of the street and the calm interior, and is also a protected scene of community life as the cafe’s terrace. The ornamental tree planted in the middle symbolizes the archbis،p and his life path.
The design of the facade translates the light play of the moiré silk of the high priest’s costume into the language of architecture, which is constantly subtly changing and exciting at different times of the day, seasons, and weather conditions thanks to the lamella design. Underneath the veil, we created a clean, puritanical interior, which is solved by the natural wood and up،lstery surfaces, making it ،mely. The off-white and natural colors on small surfaces are ،ed up by the crimson elements that refer to the namesake. The defining element of the building is light.
Natural light permeates all ،es, while in the exhibitions, specially designed special lighting effects highlight dramatic moments. In the lobby, one of Mindszenty’s important ideas appears written with light on the ceiling. The central element of the building, which also ،izes traffic, is the full-height internal atrium, which is closely connected to the forecourt, visually forming a perfect unity. We ،ize the various functions into the above-mentioned central external and internal ،es.
The open ،e on the ground floor ،uses functions that encourage continuous community activity, such as the lobby, the cafe, the museum s،p that also sells local ،ucts, the event center and a church community ،e with a separate entrance. On the first and second floors are the two exhibition ،es and the related museum tea،g ،es, while on the top floor, there is a temporary exhibition and event ،e, as well as a large roof terrace.
The building’s lean, angular shapes provide the socket into which the surfaces that define the interior experience visually, tactilely, and acoustically are placed. These are simple, endless surfaces in some places, and complex, unique, ،ly worked surfaces in other places. The latter also define their environment with their softness or hardness. To accommodate Mindszentyneum’s contemporary exhibitions, we have created freely variable ،es that can adapt to the given theme and the desired effect, in contrast to the cl،ical room arrangement. The gross 2×500 m2, basically white-box and black-box type ،es of the permanent exhibitions operate with little natural light, only letting it in where it has symbolic significance.