Promise of a New Golden Age − Newly Modern Architecture in Hungary

  • Mariann Simon Budapest University of Technology and Economics Faculty of Architecture
  • Dániel Laczó


Reinvention and reinterpretation of the Modern Movement emerged in the middle of the 1990s. It was represented in buildings recalling the classical details of modernism and was distributed in the architectural media as well as by theoretical forums. The newly modern trend returned to pre-war modern architecture, which promised a new golden age of modernism by rejecting the compromised modernism of the socialist period, as a media tempestas. The newly modern managed to solve the identity crisis of modernism: the local tradition of Buda eventually legitimated modernist architecture throughout Hungary. However, among the restrictions on historical and stylistic issues, technology and modernization could not make way for a progressive architecture. The newly modern served mainly one class, the re-emerging Hungarian bourgeoisie. The economic crisis eventually marginalized the whole newly modern movement.
Keywords: Hungarian, Architecture, 1990s, Tradition, Revival, Modern Movement
Published online
How to Cite
Simon, M. and Laczó, D. (2015) “Promise of a New Golden Age − Newly Modern Architecture in Hungary”, Periodica Polytechnica Architecture, 46(1), pp. 17-28.