Margit Palace

Some fragments of the facades of the former tram barn that stood on this site have been integrated in the five-story building by the regulations of the authorities. The rosy granite cladding of the new parts was put in place to create consonance between the two eras. Three wings of the new building pierce into the old hall at right angles like a comb, while on the northern end of the wedge-shaped site, a tower-like structure emerges. The latter gives emphasis to the building, bland in the cityscape. There were plans for an archway behind the tram barn's wall along Tölgyfa street according to the architect's original ideas. This would have given a reasoned for the incision on the tower, however, it was not completed. In place of the building's elliptical part stood once the official exhibition hall of the Hungarian School of Applied Arts (known today as Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest). This was one of the architectural and artistic centers for culture in the '80s and '90s, the Tölgyfa gallery, where Ekler lead the Architectural Round Table between 1988 and 1990. The now dismantled barbican of the gallery, designed by Péter Reimholz, was influenced by the Italian master Aldo Rossi's Teatro del Mondo, and became one of the symbols of the Hungarian architecture of the '80s.

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