GOLD FOR THE POSTAL PALACE IN BUDAPEST
In Budapest, everyone knows this building, the Postal Palace (Postapalota). But only few know what might be behind the magnificent building with the red brick walls today.
The sight is the work of the architect planning the reconstruction, Tihamér Szalay, who has been a follower of Gyula Sándy for several decades. The palace, originally designed in 1924, was built for the board building of the Royal Hungarian Post Office.
Today it is owned by the National Bank of Hungary and houses the supervision of financial organisations, consumer protection and a visitor centre open to the public.
Graceful DOPPIO luminaires in Ø 900, 1550 and 2300 mm.
PALADIO PRISM pendant luminaires length 1410 mm asymmetrically suspended.
The special UNIONE luminaire with a special gold glaze sets accents in the foyer.
REBIRTH ON 18,500 SQM
The seven-storey office building houses the Finance Museum and the Visitor Centre in the lower half of the north wing. The tower, which is one of the symbols of the house, will be open to the public, working as a viewpoint, and a glass elevator will take visitors up. The interactive presentation of economic processes and concepts is intended to promote understanding among visitors.
The former giant chimney has disappeared, but at the same time it has been covered by a glass roof on a golden metal beam in the middle, so that not only natural light can come in at the edges, but also the interior image can prevail. The colour gold is repeated several times, as the corporate colours of the National Bank of Hungary are gold, white and blue.
TOCCATA Ø 900 and 1900 mm – Chandelier interpreted in a modern way.
LUCE VERDE ANELLO – Ring luminaire combined with natural moss.
CIRCOLO – The classic SATTLER light, here in a noble gold look with an impressive diameter of 2600 mm.
Our partner Solinfo Group / Lighting Embassy was responsible for the lighting design (directed by Péter Tarjányi) in the new Postal Palace. They planned a manifold selection of SATTLER luminaires, all of which create a harmonious light and external appearance in the room. For sure, not least because everything shines in gold. All in a special finish, so all are unique luminaires, all made especially for the Postal Palace in the SATTLER luminaire manufactory in Göppingen.
The colour gold plays an important role, because gold, white and blue are the corporate colours of the Hungarian National Bank.
PROJECT: POSTAPALOTA, BUDAPEST
DESIGNER: GYULA SÁNDY UND TIHAMÉR SZALAY – MD STUDIO
INTERIOR DESIGNERS: SAROLTA BIHARY, ANETT FICZERE, TIBOR SOMLAI, TIHAMÉR SZALAY
LIGHT PLANNER: PÉTER TARJÁNYI
DISTRIBUTED BY: SOLINFO
PROJECT MANAGER: PÉTER TARJÁNYI
PHOTOS: TAMÁS BUJNOVSZKY
More information on the luminaires used in the project can be found here: