Right after finishing our studies at AFAD we've been selected for a residency program at Kitchen Budapest. We applied with the concept of the Unfolding Kapitulská with the intention to develop the idea further, so it actually works in the street. And of course, with the content tailored to the context of Budapest.
We wanted to display the now invisible values of a building using augmented reality. We faced huge challenges on both the technical and visual sides – varying light conditions and the large, 1:1 scale of the building.
Although we worked back-to-back for the whole time, I was responsible for the design and branding, while Jonathan did all the coding.
Arriving to Budapest
We started the residency in the end of June. Upon arrival we started researching all available options regarding the target tracking in AR. At the same time were looking for a suitable building all across Budapest. As we have not been residents, it was a nice introduction to the city.
After the initial research, we found an abandonded, classicist building located opposite the neo-gothic cathedral at Rózsák tere. We started to research deeper in the city archives, finding out the building was built in the 18th century, served as a warehouse for a German beer company, chocolate factory and now serves as a centre for Diamond way buddhism followers in Budapest. It was in a terrible shape, without façade and with planks covering the windows. But unfortunately, as we were passing by in the morning one day, we found the building surrounded by construction platforms and bags of material. City has started to reconstruct the building, so we had to find another one.
The building we found interesting is located on the corner of Dob and Rottenbiler streets. That building caught our eye even when we were in Budapest for the first time, exhibiting the prototype of Unfolding Kapitulská, because of is general hideousness, We discovered it used to be a cozy tavern called Makkhetes Vendégló (The Seven Acorns tavern), with a decorated façade and nice branding.
The Holmi house looked totally different in comparsion to the original state. Also, the building did go through three distinct stages of reconstruction and purpose, that were documented in the city archives.
The earliest data we found were from the start of the nineteenth century. It was divided to two two separate parts, each had a separate entrance. The façade contained a lot of elements, decorating it in an eclectic style . The date it’s been documented was year 1885.
Later, the building went through major reconstruction in 1925, when it was been made into a tavern shown on a photo above. The façade used a lot of type in the storefront and on the boards outside. Back then, the logo of Makkhetes Vendéglő used to be a card symbol of the seven acorns card, because a famous playing card factory resided on the same street
Reconstruction in 1978 was due to the change of the owner and the purpose of the building. Instead of a tavern, it was serving as a leather processing workshop and manufacture. That's also how the building is used today.