Planning to visit Hungary? If you are, you must stay at the Hotel Clark in Budapest. This hotel was quite a design challenge for Australian architect Anthony Gall due to its peculiar, pie slice-like shape.
With great views of the Danube River, Hotel Clark is the ultimate luxury experience in Budapest thanks to its exquisite interiors. Australian architect Anthony Gall had to overcome a peculiar design situation when it came to designing the Hotel Clark in Budapest.
Instead of designing for a regular, rectangular shape building, he had to design for one that was shaped like a fourth of a pie. The original two-story building was designed by Miklós Ybl and once housed the Buda Savings Bank.
It has a unique shape due to a fire during World War II, as well as the reconstruction period that followed it. A round-about was also placed at the foot of Széchenyi’s Chain Bridge, sectioning off a large piece of the plot land.
The interiors of the hotel were divided up into quadrants that made it possible to create straight lines from curved ones and separate out different spaces and rooms. Metal accents, plush upholstery and the original column design of the Buda Savings Bank create a balance of historic and modern design. The guest rooms are outfitted with modern furnishings and fixtures, including free-standing tubs that look out to the Danube bank.
The Hotel Clark was painted in an earth-tone colour so it doesn’t distract attention from the historic Chain Bridge and Buda Castle. Instead, a modern look was applied to the architecture of the building, articulated only with window apertures punctuating the semi-circular façade.