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Kodály Centre


About the building

Kodály Centre is an architectural Stradivarius / Maxim Vengerov violinist

The national tender invited in 2007 for planning the concert and conference hall was won by the Budapest Építész Stúdió the two leading figures – Ferenc Cságoly and Ferenc Keller – of which have already won earnest critical success in connection to the Barbakán Ház built between 1999 and 2003.

Following several changes in the original plan luckily avoiding serious reduction the construction contract was finally signed in summer 2009, and the founding stone was placed in its place on 29 August. The tight schedule construction that was delayed several months due to the marshy subsoil was finally finished on 11 November 2010 by receiving the occupancy permit. 

Within the studio 4 architects; Ferenc Keller, Richárd Hőnich, Tamás Fialovszky and Benedek Sólyom cooperated on the final plan to evoke the feeling of unity by placing the different functions in the 11.144 m2 area of the concert and conference centre. The core is the concert hall that is surrounded from all sides by the smaller and greater halls, conference and section rooms, and offices. Visitors enter the building through the gigantic common reception hall. 

The building plays with the different lies of the land masterfully: from the entrances that are placed in a wide belt of glass the ground rises gradually up to the front car park. One can walk along the top of the reception hall through the gate opening from the side of the concert hall, or from the car park in front of the building. 

The tilted side walls and parts of the roof are covered by limestone from Süttő, so the building has an imposing sculpture-like effect even from further away. The facades facing the neighbouring dormitory and the railways are closed; they are only broken by a few elegant, horizontal windows. 

The house is ready to accommodate three events at once: the resident musical band might use their own room, the guest bands the great room, while others can comfortably use the conference rooms for business events.