American International School of Budapest

Nagykovacsi, Hungary,

  • FIRM



    American International School of Budapest

  • AREA

    160,000 sq.ft.





The design of the American International School of Budapest, like the school itself, stands as a celebration of many cultural influences and values. These ideas support a powerful design theme: that a building should be rooted to its site and honor its natural surrounding.

The school is terraced into its site, creating memorable exterior spaces and views on ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMIparterv, LimitedCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$75.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized sides. Facing north, a ceremonial courtyard opens to a view of the playing fields and across a valley of beautifully patterned orchards. To the south, terraces front a forest preserve. Other components include a theater, gym, pool, dining hall and an elementary school. All are given distinct forms and positions along various contours of the hill.

Nature is further embraced in the details of the building design as its seeks to update the traditions of America and Hungary into an original work of modern architecture. Broad pine overhangs frame-sweeping views in homage to Frank Lloyd Wright. Low-profile, copper-edged hipped roofs safeguard the entire composition of the school, symbolizing shelter, and harmonizing structure and the environment.