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Fantastical Organic Architecture of Hungary's Imre Makovecz

I have recently become quite interested in the work of the late Hungarian organic architect Imre Makovecz. These images all appear in other of my galleries, but since the collection is slowly growing the more I travel around the country, I wanted to put them in one place.

Imre Makovecz (Nov. 20, 1935-Sept. 27, 2011), was a Hungarian architect active in Europe from the late 1950s onward.

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 globalization 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. (from Wikipedia)

More information on the extensive work of Makovecz can be found on his own site http://www.makovecz.hu/new/main.html (look under Fontosabb munkák). Also, the website of the firm where he worked as a lead architect is an excellent source of photographs not only of Makovecz's projects but of other organic works by his colleagues: http://eloepiteszet.hu/?q=hu/epuletek/epiteszek/kos-karoly-egyesules-tagok/makona-epitesz-tervezo-es-vallalkozo-kft/makovecz-imr -- the site is mainly in Hungarian but isn't difficult to navigate. The long list to the left of the page are his major works.

NOTE: THIS GALLERY IS A WORK IN PROGRESS; NEWEST IMAGES ARE AT THE BEGINNING.
CSENGER, Greek Catholic church
CSENGER, Greek Catholic church
Greek Catholic church
Greek Catholic church
Elementary school
Elementary school
Elementary school hall
Elementary school hall
Public library
Public library
Sports hall
Sports hall
Adventist church
Adventist church
Adventist church, interior
Adventist church, interior
VISEGRÁD, gymnasium
VISEGRÁD, gymnasium
VISEGRÁD, Forest Art Center
VISEGRÁD, Forest Art Center
Forest Art Center
Forest Art Center
Forest Art Center, wing door
Forest Art Center, wing door
Forest Art Center
Forest Art Center
Forest Art Center
Forest Art Center
Forest Art Center
Forest Art Center
Forest Art Center, organic bird house
Forest Art Center, organic bird house
VISEGRÁD, restaurant
VISEGRÁD, restaurant
MAKÓ, Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő (baths)
MAKÓ, Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő (baths)
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő (baths)
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő (baths)
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő (baths), entry
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő (baths), entry
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő (baths), skylight
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő (baths), skylight
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő (baths)
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő (baths)
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő, outer building
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő, outer building
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő, outer building
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő, outer building
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő (baths), entry dome
Makói Hagymatikum Fürdő (baths), entry dome
PETŐHENYE, Roman Catholic church
PETŐHENYE, Roman Catholic church
Roman Catholic church
Roman Catholic church
Church interior through glass
Church interior through glass
Roman Catholic church
Roman Catholic church
FELCSÚT Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia
FELCSÚT Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia
Akadémia, roof with flair
Akadémia, roof with flair
Akadémia, main entrance
Akadémia, main entrance
Akadémia, a bit of whimsy
Akadémia, a bit of whimsy
Akadémia, quadrangle
Akadémia, quadrangle
Akadémia, main building
Akadémia, main building
Akadémia, hall
Akadémia, hall
Akadémia, unique roof
Akadémia, unique roof
Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia
Puskás Ferenc Labdarúgó Akadémia
Akadémia, archway
Akadémia, archway
Akadémia, repeating patterns
Akadémia, repeating patterns
Akadémia, roof skylights
Akadémia, roof skylights
LENDVA (SLOVENIA) Theater in heavy fog
LENDVA (SLOVENIA) Theater in heavy fog
Theater
Theater
Theater
Theater
Theater, side doors
Theater, side doors
Theater, second floor entrance
Theater, second floor entrance
Theater, second floor entrance
Theater, second floor entrance
Theater hall
Theater hall
Theater, lobby seating
Theater, lobby seating
Theater, outdoor stage, rear
Theater, outdoor stage, rear
Theater, rear window
Theater, rear window
Theater, tower
Theater, tower
Theater, the fog wins out
Theater, the fog wins out
MAKÓ, theater
MAKÓ, theater
Theater entry
Theater entry
Theater, side 'onion'
Theater, side 'onion'
Theater, side 'onion'
Theater, side 'onion'
Theater, outdoor stage, rear
Theater, outdoor stage, rear
Theater, side wall
Theater, side wall
Theater reflection
Theater reflection
Theater, outside looking in
Theater, outside looking in
MAKÓ, bus terminal
MAKÓ, bus terminal
Bus terminal
Bus terminal
Bus terminal
Bus terminal
Bus terminal
Bus terminal
Bus terminal
Bus terminal
MAKÓ, sports center
MAKÓ, sports center
Sports center
Sports center
SZEKSZÁRD, Sió country restaurant (1964)
SZEKSZÁRD, Sió country restaurant (1964)
MAKÓ, thermal baths under construction
MAKÓ, thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
Thermal baths under construction
SZIGETVÁR, community center
SZIGETVÁR, community center
Community center, monolith
Community center, monolith
Community center, front
Community center, front
Community center, rear
Community center, rear
Community center, rear domes
Community center, rear domes
Community center, rear side
Community center, rear side
Community center, rear door
Community center, rear door
Community center
Community center
KAKASD, community center: Transylvanian bell tower
KAKASD, community center: Transylvanian bell tower
Community center: city hall and Transylvanian bell tower
Community center: city hall and Transylvanian bell tower
Community center: Swabian church steeple
Community center: Swabian church steeple
Community center: Transylvanian bell tower detail
Community center: Transylvanian bell tower detail
Community center, walkway
Community center, walkway
Community center, traditional windows
Community center, traditional windows
Community center, hall
Community center, hall
Community center
Community center
SZÁZHALOMBATTA, Szent István Catholic church
SZÁZHALOMBATTA, Szent István Catholic church
Szent István, detail
Szent István, detail
Szent István Catholic church
Szent István Catholic church
Green vestibule inside and out
Green vestibule inside and out
Szent István church, rear
Szent István church, rear
Szent István church, side
Szent István church, side
Szent István, on the main square
Szent István, on the main square
Szent István Catholic church
Szent István Catholic church
PAKS, Holy Spirit Catholic church
PAKS, Holy Spirit Catholic church
Spire detail
Spire detail
Front door
Front door
Angel detail
Angel detail
Interior, full view
Interior, full view
Above the altar
Above the altar
Stained glass window, ceiling
Stained glass window, ceiling
Stained glass window, ceiling
Stained glass window, ceiling
Interior 'trees'
Interior 'trees'
Looking out
Looking out
Side room
Side room
Szent László
Szent László
Arched exit
Arched exit
Church rear
Church rear
Church side
Church side
Also a bellfry
Also a bellfry
SIÓFOK, Evangelist church
SIÓFOK, Evangelist church
Evangelist church
Evangelist church
Evangelist church
Evangelist church
Evangelist church
Evangelist church
Evangelist church rectory
Evangelist church rectory
Evangelist church
Evangelist church
EGER, Clock tower
EGER, Clock tower
EGER, Pool complex
EGER, Pool complex
PILISCSABA, Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem (university)
PILISCSABA, Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem (university)
Main bulding
Main bulding
Opposing domes
Opposing domes
Bibliotheca
Bibliotheca
Winged tower
Winged tower
Cracked tower
Cracked tower
Double wings
Double wings
Fading light
Fading light
Anselmianum
Anselmianum
Anselmianum
Anselmianum
Bibliotheca
Bibliotheca
Emericanum
Emericanum
Emericanum
Emericanum
Tree pillars
Tree pillars
Ambrosianum
Ambrosianum
Technical building
Technical building
Tower with a top
Tower with a top
Uncertain reflection
Uncertain reflection
Wooden tower
Wooden tower
The end of day
The end of day
SÁROSPATAK, apartment building
SÁROSPATAK, apartment building
Apartment
Apartment
Apartment
Apartment
Apartment
Apartment
Mini-apartment
Mini-apartment
Apartment
Apartment
Apartment
Apartment
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
SÁROSPATAK, Culture Center, Imre Makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, Culture Center, Imre Makovecz
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center interior
Culture Center interior
Culture center tree
Culture center tree
SÁROSPATAK, Végardó Fürdő, Imre Makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, Végardó Fürdő, Imre Makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, Árpád Vezér College, Imre Makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, Árpád Vezér College, Imre Makovecz
Árpád Vezér College
Árpád Vezér College
Árpád Vezér College
Árpád Vezér College
Árpád Vezér College
Árpád Vezér College
SÁROSPATAK, Shopping center, Imre Makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, Shopping center, Imre Makovecz
Shopping center
Shopping center
SÁROSPATAK, Calvinist College, building, Imre Makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, Calvinist College, building, Imre Makovecz
Calvinist College, building
Calvinist College, building
BUDAPEST, Villa Gubsci, front door with 'trees'
BUDAPEST, Villa Gubsci, front door with 'trees'
Villa Gubsci, house side
Villa Gubsci, house side
Villa Gubsci, domes with 'trees'
Villa Gubsci, domes with 'trees'
Villa Gubsci, adjacent buildings
Villa Gubsci, adjacent buildings