Kabóca Puppet Theatre and Workshop - Beta Competition
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Kabóca Puppet Theatre and Workshop

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In the city of the European Capital of Culture for 2023; Veszprém in Hungary, the main architectural questions ought to be taken are not just about representative and attractive investment, but also useful and progressive intentions for cultural development. Thus, the municipality is simultaneously planning several cultural interventions for the next period. Near Óváros Square of the historic city center, the integration of vacant plots is one of the main desire. The occupation of the narrow site is basically an urban infilling which includes the new location for the Kabóca Puppet Theater. Since everything is given, it should be easy to respond for the deficiency. The Kabóca Puppet Company needs a place of its own, where puppet making and puppet performances can take place in an atmosphere that suits them. Hence, the architectural response to the puppet theatre should be prosperous for all generations of the local community and also for the puppet makers themselves. The proposal contains a building which is divided into two parts, one for the theatre and one for the workshop, these could serve as an audience development centre for the citizens and also as a new base for the puppet making procedure. These two elements complement each other and have equal emphasis. They are connected organically by a semi-private courtyard, which is also the scene of the arrival and the outdoor puppet shows, so when a public event occurs, it could open up for the street. On each level, the main room is the puppet room, surrounded by all additional spaces, on the first floor there is a studio and a public workshop, a place for many kinds of craft programs and classes. Despite the dense layout, the spaces are open where possible. The puppet room is a human-scale theater, yet it necessarily includes a simplified version of the technique needed for the performances. Furthermore, the puppet workshop is a one-room building that blends inside the contours of the existing retaining stonewall. Thus the two buildings continue the momentum of the retaining wall, sometimes thickening as a building or sometimes it narrows as a fence, enclosing the courtyard. The main goal is to connect people trough cultural programs and show them; culture, due its nature, is for everyone. Therefore, the whole facility can open up to public use and can serve as a venue and accomodate cultural and educational program events in the city.

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I am a junior architect, I graduated from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in the spring semester 2020. I am seeking places where I can improve my general knowledge about architecture and where I can begin to design public buildings and spaces. Despite my idealistic ideas about buildings, my main goal is to exploit the potential of each situation. I have chosen the puppet theatre for my graduation project because I find it fascinating that puppet makers are able to work for months on puppetry art details with inexhaustible enthusiasm. Just like in architecture, in the puppetry it is about reflection of the world, but the scaling is much smaller. The imagination and the demand for shaping in the people who make puppets and sets, the authors of the tales, and in the puppet actors who tell these stories are something I admire and I value, so I believe that it would be good to represent it in architecture.