Made of fermented apples, cider is a relatively new phenomenon in Hungary, however, its manufacturing traditions date back to centuries in Europe. The soft alcoholic beverage encompasses autumn, the golden rays of the sun, the warm colors of foliage and the scent of fruit. Our architectural vision is deeply inspired by nature and intends to capture the above mentioned mood.

The cycle of nature reaches its zenith in autumn when time to harvest comes. Cider is the essence of all the rich colors, aromas and textures that surround us like a warm, wool, tartan sweater, sharing the community experience of harvesting under the clear sky. The aromatic drink manifests symbolically in our building designed on the hillside of Öreghegy (‘Old hill’), Etyek.

Inspired by the unique geometry of the tartan pattern the traditional roof form gets transformed and turns into a novel spatial disposition.

The building masses which spring up from the hillside are placed next to each other perpendicular to the slope similarly to the old-fashioned cellar entrances. The connecting units are shifted both horizontally and vertically following the slopes of the hill and the requirements of the function. They blend in perfectly well with the orientation of the already existing plots and the local architectural regulations while making the construction truly fascinating and genuine. Functionality demanded by industrial manufacturing meets the elegance of hospitality under the traditional roofs.

The building which is partially covered by the hill is modern, dynamic and fits brilliantly in the environment.

The functions are logically separated on three floors within the house. The underground manufacturing space is accessible through the yard, above that hovers the guest hall with a stunning view and an observation point into the factory hall below. On the top floor the different servicing, utility and mechanical areas are hidden in the attic of the reshaped pitched roof.

Project Info

  • Project Name BudaPrés Fruit Processing Plant
  • Location Etyek, Öreghegy, Hungary
  • Dimensions 910m2 (net)
  • Years of Design 2017-18
  • Completion 2023
  • Client BudaPrés Kft.
  • General Design BORD Architectural Studio
  • Head Architect Péter Bordás
  • Architect Team Róbert Benke, Zsófia Hompók, Csilla Kracker, Emese Kulcsár, Tamás Mezey, Tamás Tolvaj
  • Landscape Architecture BORD Architectural Studio - Andrea Waldmann
  • Mechanical Engineering BORD HVAC Engineering Llc. - Zoltán Hollókövi
  • Photograghy Tamás Bujnovszky, György Palkó