Budapest By: IK’s World Trip
The Center of Air Navigations Services in Budapest, Hungary reinvents and invigorates the existing complex and uses a widely-known material, ceramic, in a remarkable way. The Hungarian airport had a mess of buildings of various typologies, the ANS II building was a traditional, office-style building on the interior, while the exterior was clad in rustic red brick. The glass pattern on the façade has a bird-feather motif, to reference aviation. The new building is an extension of the original ANS building and had to both define the existing architecture while also building on that as a foundation to something contemporary. The architects used a ceramic “second-skin” to encase the ANS building. Keeping the material close to brick but using something new was an innovative design technique. The extension has maintained the uniqueness of the previous structure and created a new building that provides comfort and architectural intrigue to the airport.