Sándorfalva Rural Geometries -  Educational Trail and Buffalo Barn


Year ︎  2016 -
Outcome ︎ Plan
Location ︎ Sándorfalva 
Team ︎ Lilla Árkovics, Bernadett Csendes, Attila Róbert Csóka, Szabolcs Molnár, András Németh, Dávid Smiló

We were invited by the city of Sándorfalva to design a buffalo barn and an educational trail into their Natura 2000 land that is wholly covered with reeds. The aim of the representatives of Sándorfalva was also to immigrate buffalos to there, hence visitors would have the chance to visit the reeds and meet these wonderful creatures in their living environment at the same time. While it was a design task on one hand, it was more like a task to reinterpret the built environment in natural landscape on the other.

In this project we were interested in the understanding of agricultural buildings of the Central European landscape trough the time of history. These buildings in the countryside are still a mixture of vernacular architecture and industrialized building technologies that refers to premodern periods of architectural production and to contemporary at the same time, while both kind of architecture includes big and simple geometries, that creates unique character in the landscape.

We tried to continue this quality with joyful geometrical composition.

We have defined a 500 meter long curved path with 500 meter radius, on which we placed few objects for observing the nature: one buffalo barn, three little installation to enjoy the landscape through framing it, and a viewpoint at the end. Thanks to the giant curved shape of the path these objects can be revealed in a direct order for the visitors, while the whole structure can be observed only from the viewpoint.