The building and the photos are the results of the co-operation between two artists, that is much more than a traditional client-architect relationship. Owner of the house is internationally acknowledged architectural photographer Zsolt Batar (Archdaily, A10, Wallpaper Magazine) who is an old friend of architect Bence Turanyi. The two brought ideas and ways of thinking from their own professional areas, and unified them in an extraordinary and very personal project.
The Photographer’s House is a unique example of slow design: you can get your hands dirty while you collect wood from the forest to heat the fireplace, it sharpens all your senses thanks to the vivid presence of the forest, and it creates an emotional bond among man and nature. The house is carefully designed according to these criteria. It breathes together with the forest, while there is a constant smell of wood in the house. This special smell is part of the living structure of the building. In wintertime, the fireplace heats the house, while during summer nights cool breezes from the woods are let through the windows.
For Zsolt Batar, the house is not only a home, but a source of artistic inspiration. The photographic series of his home have become an important milestone in his artistic career, in which he records the relationship of the house and the forest day by day, in every season. For Bence Turányi the design and the construction process was an excellent occasion for experimenting new working and structural possibilities. Only one week passed between sending the digital data to the manufacturer and the completion of structural assembly on site. The structural framework is made of state-of-the-art CNC equipment cut, cross laminated timber (CLT) panels, while the black, UV-resistant, breather membrane covers the thermal insulation like a jacket.