The gates of the legendary DOMUS store in Pest reopen

Life will soon reappear on the ground floor of the iconic building.

The DOMUS Department Store in Angyalföld, which has enjoyed local protection since 2012, is one of the most divisive buildings in Budapest in the 1970s. Antal Lázár (1941-) and Peter Reimholz As a joint work of (1942-2009), the giant, realized in 1974, is very far from the ideal of beauty for many, with its stepped façade and small glass surfaces from time to time.

However, those who do not like the building also agree on one thing: that the former building of the legendary furniture and home improvement store, which closed in 2011, simply cannot stand empty in a frequented part of the city.

Main photo / Fortepan Shortly after opening.

This is exactly what has been happening for eleven years, thanks to the fact that the department store at the intersection of Róbert Károly körút and Lehel utca is too far from the metro, does not hide parking spaces, and its renovation would presumably be too high for a tenant. when it comes, it will come to life again to the last square centimeter.

László Róka / MTVA Picture of the facade of Róbert Károly körút in 2016.

Recently, smaller parts of the building have been used, but now the entire ground floor section is gaining momentum as

the Diego store in Angela will reopen its doors there on July 8th– revealed its official Facebook page.

Hopefully, this will not only increase the building’s chances of survival, but the occupancy of additional levels will increase in the coming years, and perhaps one day, perhaps, the long-deserved renovation may take place.

Inspired by similar shops in Sweden, the giant plans were made by the two architects of IPARTERV in their early thirties in 1970, and their drawings became a reality four years later. Eighty percent of the building housed Hungarian furniture, and the rest was provided by the countries behind the Iron Curtain and the Scandinavian, Italian, Austrian, and West German factories, so everyone could find what they wanted here, and even their wallets allowed them to take it home. In addition to furniture, thousands of accessories and home furnishings were also available here, but after the change of regime, this was not enough, as a number of competing chains appeared in the country, with a fresher supply of goods. Reimholz and Lázár received the Ybl Prize in 1975 for their skillful use of modern forms, and they continued their careers with other super buildings: Lázár dreamed of the Corvinus Közraktár street block, the Népliget bus station and the Tüskecsarnok, continued his career, but the turn-of-the-millennium incorporation of the Castle District, the HAPIMAG Apartment House, is also connected to its name.