Huge thanks to Max Eisenköck and Aron Kremer for pointing us in the direction of this Bauhaus-inspired modernist icon. However, the 1930s Jozsef Fischer-designed modernist property in Budapest, Hungary does need a lot of work to bring it back to its period best.
The house, which was built in 1934 for Hungarian statistics scientist Dezső Hoffmann, is listed (under ‘monument protection’) in Hungary, but presumably that was long after the house was converted into flats – it has been converted three times (1939, 1940 and 1961). Yet despite that, the original facade looks almost untouched. Although if you compare the two images above (the second taken soon after it was built), you can obviously see that time has taken its toll.
Right now, the house is split into eight flats, covering a total surface area of 280 square metres. But it can be put back into the original configuration if you are willing to do the work.
We can’t see much inside, presumably because of the people living in the flats within, the but a glimpse at the staircase and the terrace suggests that period features still survive in one way or another.
So work needed. But there are positives (including the iconic architecture, obviously). This is a house in a capital city in a good-sized plot (with ‘huge trees and lush vegetation’, alone with garage space) for a price that would make buyers in London cry.
That price is the equivalent of £272,000. We are hoping to find out more about the house (and perhaps et a look inside) in the near future. But in the meantime, check out the images of this place past and present – and go grab that Hungarian phrase book.