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Hungarian design is the WAF pick for Future Project of the Year

Budapest, January 14, 2010 – Hungary’s only entry in 2009’s World Architecture Festival was chosen as best of the “Future Projects – Competition Entries” category for its design of the new cemetery in Szentendre, Hungary. In addition to winning one of the 25 categories, the A4 Studio finished second overall in the final round of judging.

Close to 1,500 entries were received and judged by a panel of distinguished architects, including Sir Peter Cook of the U.K., who praised the Hungarian entry for its unique fit with the environment, the elegant and sacred details, as well as the sensitive, artistic graphic design worthy of the function.

The city of Szentendre, 20 km north of Budapest, announced the request for designs for the new cemetery in 2007; the design will be executed in 2010, at a cost of 500 million HUF (€1.8 million).

Designed with ARCHICAD building information modeling (BIM) software from GRAPHISOFT, the cemetery design had received accolades earlier as well, having been chosen among the 50 best designs by the World Architecture Community in 2008 (1st cycle).