We are huge fans of Corten steel here at Inhabitat, but we were particularly impressed by the way Hungarian design firm MARP used this durable material to renovate a historical ruin. Careful to distinguish their addition from the existing Szathmáry Palace in Pécs overlooking the Tettye Valle, the firm crafted a perforated, double story L-shaped structure from weathered steel that fills in a now long-gone section of the palace.
Tettye Park is one of Hungary’s most revered historical sites and now visitors will be able to experience the site with a new and inventive Corten addition. After stabilizing the site, the design firm added the L-shaped weathering steel lookout point which is reached via an inner staircase, in addition to a low-level stage and open air theater.
Small Corten blocks scattered throughout the site are used as seating and small holes punched into the steel permit soft daylight to enter. This and other projects were recently devised to help rejuvenate many of Hungary’s most important cultural treasures.
Photos by Tamás Török