Here is the first COVID-compatible house in Budapest

The JA4 office building, which will be built as an investment of almost two billion forints, will soon open, which will be the first COVID-compatible house in Budapest. The novelty combines the historical charm of the monarchy with a loft style.

This project is one of the most outstanding constructions of the recent period in the Budapest office market, as not only a new office center was created, but an industrial building with a serious historical tradition was saved for posterity. The JA4 Office Building, to be handed over at the end of 2020, was built in the iconic central building of the former Wolfner leather factory as the gate of the Váci út office corridor (1042 Budapest, József Attila utca 4-6). The designers of the building, István Bényei and Zoltán Szepesi, dreamed of a magnificent roof terrace from the B13 Architect’s office on the roof of the former tannery building, from where you can see the nearby Danube shore, and in a loft style offers spaces.

The interior design plan, recorded by Sonuvo Design Studio, reflects the closeness to nature, emphasizing the natural, green surfaces found in the exterior of the building. And the design and interior layout of the building is already trying to meet the challenges of the office market in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.
The JA4 – the former Wolfner tannery – is both a contemporary and ultramodern loft style of a monarchy, as well as high-tech architectural and technical solutions that satisfy the highest, XXI. century corporate needs as well. Who doesn’t want to work within walls, get inspired, that can really tell a hugely successful past?

Wolfner Gyula és Társa Bőrgyár was one of the most successful companies in Hungary in the golden age, which accounted for 40% of domestic leather production by the early 1900s. At the helm was Baron Gyula Wolfner, who was not only a careful boss of his workers and, as an industrialist, one of the pioneers of environmental considerations, but also a well-known art collector and patron. For example, his name is associated with the creation of the first Budapest housing museum between the two world wars, where the general public could view his collection of paintings and folk art from rich Hungarian painters.

Given such a historical background, it is no wonder that during the restoration of the industrial facility, the builders paid maximum attention to preserving the characteristic features of the building. The plastered façade decorated with brick cornices and arched windows give the building a traditional and nostalgic atmosphere inside and out. The spacious interiors have been retained, allowing companies to create a truly airy, inspiring environment for their employees within the walls of offices with a ceiling height of more than 3 meters. The old building with a brick floor plan has also been expanded with a new glass wing that matches the design style of the neighboring residential park.

The offices occupy 4 levels and offer a total of 2,500 m2 of modern office space, up to 108 sqm in size. Divided components, regardless of size, also have a separate water block and kitchen.
Grifton Property Kft, which sells offices, took an active part in the development and design of the JA4 office building, which continuously took into account the changes caused by the COVID epidemic. The head of the company, Ottó Istók, said in this regard: “The coronavirus epidemic is significantly affecting the area and function of offices, and we see that the real estate industry needs to find answers to completely new challenges. We are also a member of the Association of Hungarian Commercial Real Estate Consultants (ACORA), where a study was recently completed examining changes in tenants ‘office usage patterns and tenants’ needs. It is clear from the results that with the rise of the home office, companies are increasingly thinking in an office that serves team communication, personal contact, joint planning, working together, and not so much traditional work. ”

According to Ottó Istók, there is no need for lined tables or workstations. According to the new needs, the XXI. century offices are smaller, but at the same time the spaces can be designed more flexibly, and an inspiring environment that motivates and makes employees work together is very important. Point JA4 meets this new expectation with its location close to the Danube, its special historical traditions and the unique architectural solutions of the building. This office building was designed primarily for tenants, but at the same time we see in the market that companies – especially players in the KVV sector – are currently more open to buying than renting, so we provide an opportunity to do so as well, ”he added.

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