CIB Bank headquarters

Szabadság square was developed in the last years of the 19th century after the demolition of a large prison, the so-called "New Building", and became perhaps the most harmonious public space in town. The square and the elegant tenement house standing at No. 15 luckily survived World War II. The Inter-Európa Bank, now owned by the CIB Bank, moved to the fourth floor of the building around Christmas in '89, then gradually took possession of the whole palace and renovated it. The main facade and the inner court regained their former trimness; the new vault room was placed in the inner court, covered with a glazed roof at the height of the first level. This arrangement evokes the methods that were already employed in the construction of banks at the end of the 19th century in Hungary. The contemporary additions on the inner and outer facades are definite, but show great respect towards the historical details. As a remarkable gesture on behalf of the architect, the ornate, carved wooden portal of the former Budapest M?hely on the Vécsey street-side of the building has been restored to its original state. This was a unique interior design parlor and workshop founded in 1913 by the example of the Wiener Werkstätte by Lajos Kozma, a determinative architect-designer personality in the era between the two World Wars.

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