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Thonet House, Budapest
The Thonet-house (Budapest V. district) is an exceptional work of Ödön Lechner, the best known representative of the Hungarian secession. The building is an early creation of the structural iron based architecture, which was the biggest innovation of the constructional architecture at the turn of the 19/20th century. The surface walls covered by glass and tiles.The combination of the neoranassaince symmetry and ornamental decoration with the neogothic alcove-statutes gives an exceptional harmony.
Lechner aimed to form a national style, using motifs from Hungarian folk art in the decoration of his buildings as well as incorporating architectural elements from eastern cultures like Persia. Changing directions and curved shapes also distinguish this from the Vienna Secession style. A significant turning point in his career came with a connection to the Vilmos Zsolnay company, when Lechner began to use terracotta tiling in his designs. Though Thonet-house is neoanassaince in style, this new use of modern materials - with its steel structure and the facade covered with Zsolnai terracotta - is good exemple of it from as early, as 1889!