Collegium Hungaricum Berlin – competition

Year of design:
Gross floor area:
2 300 m2
Senior designer:
Lajos Hartvig DLA
Project leader designer:
György Hidasi , Agnes Szekely
Pal Alasztics, Andras Fullar, Andrea Nagy, Zoltan Vass
Nemzeti Kulturális Örökség Minisztériuma

Design principles:

  • To create a strong urban landmark
  • Clear allegorical references to the Hungarian culture
  • Inexorably modern architecture
  • Flexible internal connections
  • Emblematic appearance, which may be the key to the vibrant cultural life inside
  • References to the Hungarian culture
  • Allegro Barbaro Bell Forest


The most important façade of the building, being architecturally dominant in the surrounding scenery, appears from Unter den Linden. Allegro Barbaro Bell Forest, a building-high sculpture is erected on the axis of the promenade, where Béla Bartók’s composition is displayed in the installation of 173 pieces of peeled pine. As a reminiscence of the noon bell, a silent bell forest of steel pipes is hung down from the roof above the forest.