Hello Wood is a multidisciplinary art camp in Budapest, Hungary that brings together young architects and designers to create incredible installations that showcase the beauty of building with wood. With the motto "Step Closer!," the festival aims to strengthen the bond between humans and environment through the use of natural materials, and it inspires young people to step out of their comfort zone and approach social problems by working with their hands.
At this year’s Hello Wood event 120 participants created 12 installations that were presented to a professional jury. Among the team leaders were practicing architects from CODA in Barcelona (who built a doughnut-shaped structure called BigO) and Holger Alperman from Berlin (who built a large funnel-shaped planetarium). Architects Oliver Sales and Bence Pap created the TOM-DOM tent, which is inspired by natural shapes. FIABCI award-winner Gabor Zoboki and Aron Losonczi—the inventor of glass-concrete—also participated in the workshops. The jury gave special recognition to ‘Poliphony’, a sculpture by Poland-based Moomoo Architects. The project attempted to create a synesthetic object that combines the senses of hearing, touching and smelling into one experience.
All the teams engaged in transforming everyday forms and interactions. The installation fireNEST by Andras Cseh and Balint Veres is a mobile bench system that swirls down towards the center, creating an amphitheatrical configuration that allows everybody seated to enjoy a camp fire. Aron Losonczi and Bence Turanyi created iWood, which connects people via a wooden music sharing device. It’s an analogue approach to digital technology that avoids alienation. Suzana Milinovic and Rufus van den Ban created Panorama Pee Hole – probably the smallest pub in the world – which was voted the best project at this year’s camp. The 1.44 square meter building encourages new interactions between people by cramming them in to completely fill the space.
A 6-meter-high windmill with 24 shovels called the Mill of Mordor was designed by Nandor Nagy and Bulcsu Szabo. The designers made sure it was optimally positioned to catch enough wind. Dia Harcsa and Tibor Dekany built a 43-meter-long Table, which comments on the notions of family meals and various aspects of communal living. An outdoor pub called Kapo_cs(Link) that connect two streets was designed by Bela Gal, Zsolt Frikker and Aron Vass-Eysen. Gabor Zaboki and Andras Csiszer worked with their team to build a 20-meter-long and 3-meter-high dynamic gate as part of their investigation into incorporating motion into a design. Hungarian studio Szovetseg ’39 created a foam-concrete depot named Gallish. Click through our gallery below to see all of these inspiring projects!