One Drop of Love: environmentally conscious design in Révfülöp
TSPC’s plan for the Mathias Corvinus College (MCC) Révfülöp resort development is being prepared in the spirit of sustainability, and nothing proves this more than the smart and environmentally conscious solutions applied in the submitted design.
The MCC’s tender for the renewal and development of the Révfülöp resort is a plan in which even the last raindrop has a huge part to play. The project was inspired by the Ray Charles song One Drop of Love. A drop falling on a still pool of water creates an almost infinite concentric wave. The designers compared it to the dedication that Mathias Corvinus Collegium has in spreading knowledge. In addition to the water mirror of Lake Balaton, this idea can also be authentically realised in architectural form. The floor plans, structured in concentric circles, and the radially projecting roof forms from the central square reinforce this dominant idea in architectural language.
The existing Semsey Villa, Sports Hotel, Children’s Hostel and Restaurant will be renovated on the 107,000 m2 site of the resort, while a conference building, new accommodation facilities, community buildings and service areas will be newly created.
For new buildings, it is important to mention, that in order to protect the environment, the buildings will be constructed with non-reinforced concrete foundations, thus reducing the ecological footprint. For accommodation buildings, the ground underneath the buildings can be freely permeable by placing the buildings on ground bolts, and the construction method used here provides flexibility for both expansion and rearrangement of building units. The conference and event space, built to accommodate large-scale events, is based on the Permian rock foundations used in local construction.
The designers used a unique solution to create the accommodation. The accommodation units will be placed with a complete interior design. The prefabricated modules are identical and can accommodate 2 or 4 people. The two renovated accommodation buildings will be completely refurbished along the existing architectural values. The use of modular houses allows for an economical and quick construction. The modular accommodation units, with sanitary facilities and underfloor heating system only need to be connected to the utilities on site.
Landscape architecture is an important part of the design competition. While a new representative garden will be added to Semsey Villa and its surroundings, the terms “Forest Gardening” and “Forest Farming” will be introduced in the campsite area. The planting of tree species such as linden, ash, chestnut, birch, hornbeam, walnut and fruit trees will create a forest, with plants planted in similar ways in the garden areas – between the accommodation units, around the central square – providing both visually exciting and pleasing flora and usable growing space. Thanks to this garden, students on holiday will learn about native herbs and forest fruits and will have the opportunity to cultivate, consume and process them. Learning about the forest environment in this way can become a useful element of the camp.
Green solutions in the resort:
Rainwater: rainwater collected from new and renovated buildings in the planning area will be stored in a central cistern. The water will be used both for irrigation and to supplement the water needs of the grey water network.
Wastewater: The piped water network connected to the site supplies only the white water network. The water used here is classified after a biological treatment, the water still containing nitrates and phosphates is used for irrigation, the further purified grey water is fed into the network. After sedimentation, the grey water also undergoes biological purification and, like white water, is either irrigated or recycled. The aim is to ensure that the drinking water and rainwater discharged into the area is not “left behind” and is fully recycled on the site.
Solar energy: the roofs covering the buildings are fully suitable for photovoltaic solar panels. Solar panels are also proposed for the sound barriers along the south side of the site along Route 71.
Wind energy: Micro wind turbines are proposed on the south side of the site.
Hydropower: In the design of the roofs, it was important to ensure that rainwater collected from the roofs would be conveyed to the cistern via a vertical downspout. Micro-turbines have been installed in these channels to further contribute to the energy independence of the area.
TSPC’s plan won a prime purchase for the development of the MCC Aranybika Hotel in Debrecen, and by reimagining the Révfülöp resort, the TSPC team can contribute to the state-of-the-art implementation of Hungarian talent management and scientific education. In the hospitality sector, TSPC has a number of successful projects, including the Hotel Dorothea, which is currently under construction, and the recently purchased plan of the UniGreen Hotel in Debrecen.
Lead Architect: Mihály Kádár, György Pálffy – TSPC Kft.
Architects: Aboudeif Abdelrahman, Benjamin Tibor Gyovai, Attila Lakomcsik, Viola Székely-Galovicz – TSPC Kft.
Land Architecture: Balázs Gergó – TSPC Ltd.
Visual design: Dávid Tornyi, Judit Csörsz – TSPC Kft., Bence Vági – WhiteBox Visual
Mechanical Engineering: Péter Kalmár – TSPC Kft.
Project Management: Zita Szuhayné Turóczi – TSPC Ltd.
Budget: Erzsébet Kovács – TSPC Ltd.
Sustainability Consultancy: EXCEPT INTEGRATED SUSTAINABILITY B.V.