Well, even if last week was very intense as far as my stidues on hungarian secession are concerned, no post were eventually published on the blog. Ok, I was very busy but the very reason was that my computer suddenly decided not to work properly …
However, this reportage was 10 days old and it concernes the so called Wekerle colony.
Just 100 years ago (1908) in the very city border of Budapest, a new residential area came to live, mainly for the work and the efforts of the group of the Young , leaded by Karoly Kos but which grouped other artists such as Dezső Zrumeczky, Györgyi Dénes, Veler Mende, Bela Januzsky, Kozma Lajos.
Influenced by the ideas of John Ruskin and William Morris, the quest of the Young was to achieve an artistic production which can be popular to be acquired by the emergin fin-de-siecle hungarian middle class, but , at the same time an artistic production which was the result of a deep study on the national hungarian folk tradition. Eventually, the art of the Young was a mixture between the Transilvanian folk architecture and influences by the finnish young architecture (Sonck, Saarinen) and the english Art and Craft movement. “Wekerle Kispest, the ‘Hungarian Garden Suburb’ was built to house more than 20,000 people (lower middle class public servants). It does not only provide residential units but has been planned to provide for all the needs of people settling there. Apart from shops and schools, adult education and cultural amenities were also provided. This estate for industrial and white collar workers occupies a unique place in the architectural history of Hungary. The idea of the housing estate was initiated by Prime Minister Sándor Wekerle. The winning design drew up a ring street system composed of diagonals. All these street led to a central square.The special lane system of the street resulted in stressed intersections street corners and triangular squares. These points marked the sub- centres where the public buildings were erected. The main square with the surrounding biuldings were nearly ready by 1912, however the entire project was completed by 1926.” (budapestpocketguide.com)