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Imre Makovecz : biography

November 20, 1935 - September 27, 2011

Imre Makovecz (November 20, 1935 – September 27, 2011) was a Hungarian architect active in Europe from the late 1950s onward.

Makovecz was born and died in Budapest. He attended the Technical University of Budapest. He was founder and "eternal and executive president" of the Hungarian Academy of Arts.

Makovecz was one of the most prominent proponents of organic architecture. As such, his buildings attempt to work with the natural surroundings rather than triumph over them. Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolf Steiner are both strong influences, as is traditional Hungarian art.

His work began as a critique of communist ideology and the brutal uniformity of system building but, after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, it became a comment on the nature of globalisation and corporate culture. In its attempts to refer to and build on Hungarian national archetypes Makovecz was continuing the work and ideas of the architects of Hungarian Art Nouveau and National Romanticism. The first English language monograph on his work, Imre Makovecz: The Wings of the Soul, by Edwin Heathcote, was published in 1997.

Makovecz's key works

  • Cultural Center, Sárospatak (completed in 1982)
  • Sports Hall, Visegrád (1985)
  • Town Hall and Commercial Center of Dunajská Streda
  • Community Center, Kakasd (1996)
  • His group designed the buildings of the Piliscsaba campus of Pázmány Péter Catholic University.
  • Hungarian pavilion at the Seville Expo '92 in Seville, Spain.
  • House, Recsk

Other important works

  • Restaurant, Berhida (1964);
  • Shark Restaurant, Velence (1965);
  • Fisherman's Inn, Szekszárd (1965);
  • Cottages, Balatonszepezd (1965);
  • Inn, Tatabánya (1966);
  • Restaurant, Gyulavár (1969);
  • Cultural Centre, Sárospatak, (1972);
  • Restaurant, Szentendre, (1973);
  • Funeral Chapel, Farkasréti Cemetery, (1975);
  • Tourist Lodges, Visegrád (1977);
  • Camping Complex and Recreation Centre, Visegrád, Mogyoró Hill, (1978);
  • Ski-lift House, Dobogókő (1979);
  • Farm and Restaurant, Visegrád 1980);
  • Cultural Centre, Jászapáti (1983);
  • Community Centre, Bak (1985);
  • Cultural Centre, Szigetvár (1985);
  • Church, Siófok, (1986);
  • Holy Spirit Church, Paks (1987);
  • Secondary School, Sárospatak, (1988);
  • Ecological Centre, Überlingen, Germany, (1989);
  • Theatre and Hungarian Community Center, Lendava, Slovenia (1991–2004);
  • Swimming Pool, Eger, (1993);
  • Stephaneum, Piliscsaba, (1995);
  • Church, Százhalombatta, (1995);
  • OnionHouse Theatre, Makó, (1995);
  • Funeral Chapel, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania (1996);
  • Roman Catholic Church, Miercurea Ciuc, Romania (2001);
  • Reformed church on Donath street, Cluj, Romania (2008).
  • His group also oversaw the on the Trust for Urban Ecology site in Stave Hill Park, Rotherhithe, London, 1992. In association with the Prince's Trust


File:Vigadó Szigetvár.jpg|Cultural Centre, Szigetvár, (1985) File:Eger uszoda Makovecz.jpg|Swimming Pool, Eger, (1993) File:Hagymaház.JPG|OnionHouse Theatre, Makó (1995) File:Piliscsaba Stephaneum déli oldal.JPG|Stephaneum, Piliscsaba, (1995) File:Makó Bus Station 2010 November 01.JPG|Bus terminal, Makó (2010)

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