City at the foot of Bakony mountains

HORNYÁK Attila, chief architect of Ajka city

Ajka is a city with 31 thousand inhabitants in the middle of West-Hungary and is the educational and service center of a micro region with 39 settlements and 60 thousand inhabitants. The city is a conglomerate of several villages: Ajkarendek, Bakonygyepes, Ajka, Bódé, Csinger, Tósokberénd, Padragkút. Ajka was officially declared to be a town in 1959. [...]
The present-day city centre was designed in the 1960s under the guidance of Rutkay Gyula Ybl-prize winner architect, following the modernist principles of that age. The realization of the centre started in 1969 with the building of VMK (City Cultural Centre). The other buildings have been realized in the 70s, 80s in two major building phases.
The city centre fulfils the needs of its users, but the new economic, commercial and social environment makes the renewal of the area indispensable. The preparation works of this renewal started in 2004. The Development Concept of the City Centre has been prepared in 2004 by Palatinum Ltd. under the guidance of Erő Zoltán. As a result of this development concept several project areas have been defined. The building of AGORA west of the city centre and the refurbishment of VMK has already been finished, while the Torna creek rehabilitation is under preparation.

Ajka, rendering of the AGORA

Ajka, rendering of the AGORA

/complete writing can be read in issue No.17./

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