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Helen Betts | all galleries >> Fantastical Organic Architecture of Hungary's Imre Makovecz > Community center: Transylvanian bell tower detail
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Community center: Transylvanian bell tower detail
05-NOV-2011

Community center: Transylvanian bell tower detail

According to "Architecture as Philosophy: The Work of Imre Makovecz," edited by JŠnos Gerle, this community center complex represents the final making of peace between two peoples (Swabians from Germany and the Transylvanian Szeklers) in Kakasd. The Swabians, who had lived in Hungary for centuries, were expelled to Germany for alleged complicity with the German army during World War II, and the Szekards left in protest over the loss of feudal privilege after 1764, but both wanted to return home to Hungary in the 1940s. Apparently they were both settled in Kakasd, but hated each other. Finally, after 30 years of conflict, intermarriages started to happen between the two groups and they settled their differences. This tower is an adaptation of a Transylvanian bell tower; the church at one end of the complex is reminiscent of Swabian houses of worship; and I'm not clear on the style or significance of the central, town hall, tower.

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Betty Vlasiu07-Nov-2011 19:39
Very nice light and detail.
William Barletta06-Nov-2011 23:52
A wonderful image of the details of this structure
John Hamers06-Nov-2011 07:40
Fascinating architecture , beautiful wood carving , very nicely captured, Helen V