Established in 2002, Tóth Project Architect Office is a design studio based in Hungary. The design studio that especially holds forte in premium housing has arrested the world’s attention with its sleek designs that reflect cultural-contextual sensitivity, sensibly equipped with technology. Its vision of envisaging a building beyond the totality of materials, forming user experience as the basis of the design is evidently depicted through its projects.
Celebrating the remarkable aesthetics and approach of their people-centric architecture, here are 15 Projects by Tóth Project Architect Office:
1. Holiday Cottage, Kapuvar, Hungary
If you ever held contention with the philosophy of “Less is More”, this beautiful lakeside weekend cottage might change your mind. Completed in 2013, this larch cottage is a single-story unit that occupies an area of about 50 sqm. Given its location amidst a picturesque natural setting, the studio has tried to conceptualize the whole design towards minimalism in the built while creating an organic blend with the built environment.
Large glass panes and a metallic sheet roofing highlight its facade besides wood, while the interiors attribute to the fine mixture of Zen and Nordic-Scandinavian style. It is also equipped with fabric roller blinds that when rolled down not only aid in heat control but provide a gripping appearance to the facade.
2. Floating Blocks, Budapest, Hungary
What easily designates as a visual treat, this four-story reinforced concrete villa is a delightful play of mass and facade. This 315 sqm built effort is a thoughtful combination of contextual, climatic, and sensory responses. Constructed in conjugation with land topography, its alternating light and dark facade play a unique sense of enrichment coupled with its form that breaks horizontally at multiple levels to create a sense of visual lightness to the otherwise heavy mass of the villa.
The design also explores a careful planning scheme on each floor level, with living spaces cherishing natural light and panoramic views of the garden along the road facing side, maintaining its privacy with strategic planning of fenestrations and the stunning cantilevered projection.
3. Lakeside Duplex House, Balatonboglár, Hungary
Located on the southern shore of Lake Balaton, this summer cottage is a combination of two separated units, implementing the separation, undisturbed abode of varied ages. This duplex orients in a manner to have maximum views opening towards the lake. It also hosts a terrace garden. Its exterior is characterized predominantly by white, Dryvit plastering surfaces, paneled coverings, and stone coverings of rustic effect, accentuated by the varied rhythm of fenestrations.
This modern cottage also adopts passive efficiency through features like thick external thermal-insulations, aerated paneled façade coverings, three-layer glazing openings, and well-insulated shutters. Hence, providing affordable and maintainable luxury.
4. Transparent Solutions, Budapest, Hungary
Situated in one of the former vineyard plots of Buda, this two-story detached house’s form is a gradual exploration. Traversing down from the sidewalk to the entrance door, only a single story remains visible but gradually with the elevation of terrain the whole form stands disclosed. This house uses a monolith reinforced concrete slab system with transversal and longitudinal support elements, and load-bearing walls made of building blocks.
With a restrained elegance maintained outside, the interiors follow the same principle with a minimal furnishing scheme. The dominant white interiors don’t only amplify the finesse of space but impart an illuminated and spacious appearance to them. The use of glass walls and sliding glass doors around various functional units adds to the concept. The biggest highlight of the house is the glass cube that stands at the junction of varying functions retaining an old Olive tree inside.
5. Oriented To The Garden Pond, Hungary
Could something in its simplest form be remarkably stylish and functional? Well, this project is just that rhetorical. Located in a suburban residential park of Mosonmagyaróvár, this private house has been formulated as a single, nuclear family unit. The T-shaped layout of the house has been devised in a manner such that maximal private user spaces open up towards the garden, in the desired south-east direction benefiting from natural illumination, ventilation, and views.
This experience has been delimited by large glass windows, creating a visual integration between the spacious indoor and picturesque outdoor. The garden bathing lake is the highlight feature of this project. In the interiors, a neutral color scheme accentuates the suspended ceiling and lighting. The monotony of the long circulation area is overcome by dark ribs that connect spaces.
6. L Villa, Budapest, Hungary
This luxurious concept in the idyllic setting of Budapest is one of the recent projects handled by the design studio. With a dominating L-form, this house is permeated by transparency and finesse. Its layout functions efficiently to build a sound communication with the well landscaped outdoors.
Besides the hues of lavender that stand out against the white facade, the wooden deck beside the pool with its Chaise lounge and the powered louver roof patio with its sectional sofas and dining space provide active engagement opportunities outdoors. There is a rectangular, wooden fire pit patio with well-cushioned seating. The house also has green roofs that work towards its passive efficiency.
7. Modern Villa SzE, Budapest, Hungary
With its luxurious amenities and high-end material finishes, this project is another star to Toth studio’s legacy of block marvels. Built on a sloping plot, contours of the site have been creatively worked in a geometric sink of rectangular blocks establishing a perceptible unification with the overall form. The studio has continued its signature material use of wood, stone, and monolith concrete slabs in elegance per se.
The outdoor lounge with cantilevered roofing and large sliding glass doors opening towards the garden, these thoughtful balance, and blends of mass impart a unique splendor to the overall form, something that is quite mastered by the studio in all its projects.
8. District Zamardi 04, Hungary
Another luxurious conceptualization of their legacy, this project reflects a modern cottage-style house at its best. With its compelling wood cladding that blends with the surrounding picturesque setting, the facade towards the road maintains as a blind wall, compensating for its light and ventilation from sides opening towards the owner’s property. This technique of ‘closed to street-open to the garden’ is often used by this studio to create uninterrupted, private spaces for the user.
Apart from Interesting accent lighting, the living room also features a motorized home theatre projector with a dedicated sound system. Such incorporations stand exemplary to overcoming conventional practices that otherwise demand solid walls or dedicated space for such installations, clearing the way for multi-functional and flexible interiors.
9. District Kerulet 07, Budapest, Hungary
Standing as a prominent intersection of longitudinal cuboids, this 406 sqm residence is all about radiating the everyday-a-holiday feel. The base structure supports two cantilevering cuboids intersecting at a somewhat right angle, giving a strange perspective illusion in its standing. The void in between is occupied by a metallic canopy that commingles with the built geometry and hints at an illusion of a third floating block. An external metallic staircase connects to this balcony from the deck area, adding a touch of diagonal to the facade continuation of which follows in the interiors.
An interesting aspect of the facade also is the orientation of cladding. To create a sense of direction for the eyes and guide the mind into visualizing the volume of blocks, a careful choice of horizontal/vertical cladding has been made. The window openings for the structure are planned in proportion to block length coupled with dense vegetation outside, creating panoramic views from units like the dining area.
10. Lupa, Sziget, Hungary
This 100 sqm lakefront stilted weekend house developed in the serene surrounding of nature is another addition to the studio’s creative portfolio. The form can be classified as two cuboidal units joined together by a glass bridge, framed with large glass windows whose view opens towards the lake. The terraces of land have been creatively utilized to build a wood deck pool, a lounge, and an open meditating space.
The height below stilts has been installed with suspended patio swings coupled with strip LEDs to create a stimulating spot of recreation. The stilts of the structure do not stand perpendicular to the slab at all points but slanted, seemingly mimicking the trunk of trees. An external spiral staircase provides access to the roof while the main staircase dominates the form on the rear end with its curve.
11. Mill Converted To Residence, Hungary
This reuse project by the firm transforms an old industrial mill into a breathtaking residence with a lakefront view. There also is a small dock that maintains its direct connection to the lake. Part of the houses’ exterior has been retouched while one that also hosts the entrance porch carries the exposed brickwork with ivy plantation. This rustic-industrial look of the mill advances to the interiors as well. It partly exhibits the tone of an industrial warehouse with its black metallic beams, exposed brickwork, and concrete slabs.
A large chimney pipe of the fireplace, vintage chandelier, wireframe decor, and cart wheels form some of the most captivating interior highlights. Its design success is exhibited by its ability to offer an exciting living space that builds upon the spirit of its former utility rather than negating it blindly.
12. Residence Building To Office, Budapest, Hungary
What existed as a typical sloped roof, brick, and concrete residence has been offered with an enthralling transformation by the Toth studio. It maintains the cubical form of the structure while uplifting its appeal through a play of additive elements. The front face has received what seems a sepia-brown tile cladding from where the cantilever projects to frame the whole.
The cantilever has a cut-out that directly lits the balcony below. The same edge conceals an entrance from the side of the parking. The hierarchy of boundary walls, protruding balcony, framed and clad facade, and then the roof cut the monotony of geometry visualization. There also is a floating staircase with wire balustrades that adds glamour to the whole ensemble.
13. Office Building, Budapest X1, Hungary
While studio visibly in its project reflects a unanimous concept and approach, this office building extension and conversion project by studio more aptly show influences of the Bauhaus style on their offerings. It maintains a streamlined geometric look with an industrial color scheme, highlighted through an asymmetrical balance of facade elements.
The salient ability of the studio that stands out in its projects is the manner through which they play the ratio of mass and void, creating certain areas of visual dominance yet ending up with a holistic and harmonious form. The same approach is applied here to create simple geometry that plays the mind into looking at each section individually and in totality with the same approbation.
15. Funeral House, Hungary
Inspiration in architecture is a function of the slightest creative interventions and this attempt by the studio befits the thought. This funeral house in its facile functioning has sought the touch of architecture through some creative lighting. Inside, the length along the mullion and cill expands to form a Greek cross that symbolically spirits over the coffin. The same stands replicated on the folding door that carries a vertical wood paneling and fashions a compelling entrance to the assembly space.
The assembly space borrows from the earliest basilica style and merges with the vegetated context to impart a peace-spirited space. In all its novelty, a set of pendant lights hang above the coffin coupled with candle stands to recreate the ceremony in its heartfelt ethic.
15. Holiday Home Conversion, Hungary
Based in Balatongyorok, this project is another inciting renovation project by the studio. The makeover has transformed the erstwhile plain conventional structure into an engaging artwork of stone and wood. Retaining its old form, the face towards the garden has been equipped with a semi-open wooden deck where white roller blinds aid heat control.
The former windows on this edge have been brought down to floor level and installed with operable glass doors to form a direct link with the living. The stone masonry forms its boundary and support with its placement along edges adding an interesting visual depth to the structure.