This Pavilion Was Built to Protect a Century-Old Statue

updated Jan 31, 2020
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Creativity, functionality and exceptional architecture came together beautifully with Hello Wood’s Art Shield. The Hungary-based design studio created the piece to protect the Vörösmarty monument, an iconic structure situated in a recently renovated pavilion which hosts Budapest’s annual Advent and Christmas Fair.

At more than a century old, the renowned monument was carved from Carrara marble, and in winters past, has been protected by a simple plastic covering. While the Mayor’s office oversees the conservation of the statue, the Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre (BFTK) tasked Hello Wood with coming up with an alternative.

Credit: Darab Zsuzsa

When devising a plan, the design studio felt that this current approach to protecting the structure against wintry moisture and frost could be replaced by something of higher quality that was also more pleasing to the eye and effective at weatherproofing.

This resulted in the captivating and purpose-driven Art Shield, which the studio customized to complement the nearly 30-foot-tall monument as well as the pavilion’s elliptical design.

Credit: Darab Zsuzsa

Of the Art Shield, Hello Wood explained, “The huge, arched structure owes its airy quality to its weatherproof steel sheets, while the transparent plexiglass facade protects it from the driving rain.” 

 The temporary covering will be disassembled at the end of the winter season but can easily be reassembled for next year. It’s also made to be easily transported and stored.

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“Its structure and use of materials ensure that the pavilion highlighting and displaying the statue will remain an ethereal but determining feature of the square even after the Christmas Fair,” says Hello Wood of the Art Shield.

While this is the studio’s first design that consists of mostly steel, they have plans to create similar conservation-focused projects in the future.