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Imre Makovecz

My first contact with the Hungarian architect, Imre Makovecz was when I was in
my first semester studying in Hungary. I didnt know much about Hungarian
architecture, so, following my teachers advice, I went to this exhibition about him.
I must say I was without any expectations about it. I just wanted to know how
Hungarian architecture is like, but there I surprised myself. Makovecz was really a
great architect, and I saw greatness in every single work of his. It made me want to
know a little bit more about him, and here Im writing everything I could find about his
job and life:
Even with a lot of researches about Makoveczs personal life, I didnt find much
about his childhood, except that he spent a lot of time in his grandfathers house where
he learn to appreciate the landscape.
As a great Hungarian personality, he participated in the Hungarian Revolution in
1956, what caused his suspension of his studies at Budapest University of Technology,
where he graduated in 1959.

Then, he used his works to criticize the communism, being banned from
working in Budapest in 1976, moving to Visegrd, where he developed his organic
As his curriculum says, he was an honorary member of international Architects
Associations, he made exhibitions abroad, he was chosen by the Pope as one of the
60 most significant Christians artists, and helped the Hungarian victims of flood with
designs for new homes. His professional life was so great that, even I want, I couldnt
put everything into paper.
He got a lot of influences from Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, Herb Green,
Bruce Goff, and Rudolf Steiner. The last one he could know and approach in a trip to
Switzerland in 1964.
In 1980 he came back from Visegrd to live in Budapest and opened his own
office, called Makona, where he worked until 2010.

"My buildings and architectural designs do not come from me. They come from the
landscape, from the local environment and from the ancient human spirit."

Even he already learned to love the landscape as a child, he developed his

style when living in Visegrd, where he put himself closer to the nature. Since then, we
can see that he worked in a way to make his buildings mix with the environment, and
not compete with it.
He was a very religious man, so he tried to translate his faith and his respect
with the nature through his works. He used a lot of symbologies in his buildings and I
could identify the birds as decorative elements, the trees and leaves and spines as
structures, the sun and the moon, for religious elements, and, as some analysis of his
works say, he used windows as human eyes.
Among his constructions, I think the churches are the bests. Even the little ones
reached greatness due to theirs sculptural forms.
Makoveczs work is hard to be explained. He puts everything I belive is holly
together, its something pure and emotional, and its impossible not to like it if you let
yourself be touched.

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