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Pilgrim Center at Vértesszentkereszt
GRADUATION PROJECT
at Budapest University of Technology and Economics
 
TUTOR
Nagy Márton DLA
 
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The ruins of Vértesszentkereszt are all that remains of a medieval monastery whose oldest buildings were erected in around the 12th century. Initially it was a Benedictine abbey, but from the 15th century onward it was used by the Dominican order. Many alterations were made to the building complex to meet changing requirements down through the centuries. However, the abbey lost its function during Turkish occupation in the 17th century, was finally abandoned, and fell into decay. Efforts to reconstruct the ruins began in the 20th century and lasted for 30 years. Different parts of the building complex were excavated and many details were restored, but because the building was not assigned a new function, the building was again left to deteriorate once excavation had stopped. This is why I believe that the most important task now is to reallocate a new function to the building. Vértesszentkereszt has always been a place of worship. People have repeatedly come here to pray, seek help or recover from setbacks. The monastery is located along the Central European pilgrims’ route called the ‘Way of Mary’, which connects Mariazell to Csíksomlyó. For these reasons, the most fitting function for this complex would be a pilgrims’ refuge. I have placed the new building structure above and between the walls of the abbey. The community spaces are located on the ground floor, and the sleeping quarters are located on the floor above. The layout of the refuge remains similar to that of the old structure. The old temple will serve as a roofed, open chapel while the cathedral remains uncovered for the time being. I use local building materials to make construction easier, and I have designed sustainable building engineering systems to minimize the costs of Facility Management.
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Pilgrim Center at Vértesszentkereszt
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Graduation Project 2014 - Revitalizing the Ruins of a Medieval Monastery
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