Project: Viewing tower at Lake Velence, Hungary
Architects: Gábor Kruppa/Tamás Merkel
Principal: VADEX Mezőföldi Erdő- és Vadgazdálkodási Zrt.
Contractor: ZÓLYOMI Fővállalkozó Kft.
Engineering and support: MEVA Zsalurendszerek Zrt., Budapest
Situated some 40 km south-west of Budapest and with an average depth of 1.60 m, Lake Velence ranks as Europe's warmest bathing lake. In summer, the location is bustling with both tourists and locals. The attractions now include a new, 20 m tall viewing tower, built in the shape of a calla plant.
The prominence of the waterfront site prompted the customer to stage a design competition for the tower. From a total of 165 entries, a jury singled out the three best proposals on which the local residents were allowed to vote. The competition was won by the distinguished architecture duo Kruppa/Merkel, who submitted a compelling design modelled on the shape of a calla plant.
A sophisticated aesthetic
"The tower takes on a different appearance depending on the perspective,"explains on-site project supervisor Kálmán Oberrecht from MEVA Hungary. "To design and build spiralling and overhanging architecture in concrete was an intriguing challenge." As Katalin Katus, responsible for the technical design, points out, "Use of the flexible MEVA AluStar/StarTec systems and Radius units allowed us to dispense with any specially designed assemblies." The specified SB3 fair-faced concrete finish inside the tower, with its 118 steps, was achieved through use of the standard alkus all-plastic form facings.
Flexible and reliable
Tamás Zólyomi, Managing Director of project contractor ZÓLYOMI Fővállalkozó Kft., was highly satisfied with the trouble-free construction programme. "For me, our first collaboration with MEVA was a very positive experience. Only seldom have I witnessed such a high standard of service, professionalism and punctuality in this sector." The local residents at Lake Velence and the many summer tourists are certain to be just as satisfied as they savour the panoramic outlook from their new viewing tower.
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