Museum Collection Storage
The Museum Collection Storage is in Székesfehérvár, one of Hungary's most important historical cities, a former royal seat founded around 1000.
The intention of the Diocese was creating a building, where the valuable historical and ecclesiastical treasures could be stored and displayed in modern conditions. SZEM is also a Visitor Centre, as the destination of the Hungarian Holy Family Pilgrimage Route. Visitors can learn about the history of the diocese and its institutions through interactive exhibitions. The building also houses the museum's archives and library, the lapidary for medieval stones and the restoration workshop.
Archaeological excavation of the site on the border between the Bishop's Garden and the medieval town was essential before the planning began. It was then that a significant medieval and early modern city wall, the foundation of the former Monostor Bastion, was unexpectedly discovered. This turn of events provided the opportunity for the architect to take up the exceptional task of relating to the work of his own predecessors, the medieval master builders, and to present it integrated into the new building. The museum, built around the dynamics of preservation and presentation, allows the historical values to prevail.
The building's transparent, unobtrusive spaces also provide an opportunity for contemplation and the acquisition of knowledge through direct experience. The designer's intention is to sensitise the 21st century man by linking the different time periods into a spatial whole.
The Museum Collection Storage is built on a physical and spiritual frontier. It is both a closing and a starting motif, linked to the medieval city wall and integrating the Prohászka monument (1939-43). The simple contours and compactness of the mass are reminiscent of a medieval fortress, yet it has the architectural character of a modern exhibition space. The building opens onto a street leading into the historic city centre, formed by early neoclassical houses.