Due to dynamic development of KAN Group in the region of Central and Southern Europe, the KAN-therm Hungary Kft. company was established in the territory of Hungary.
It facilitates the professional customer and order service not only from Hungary, but also from Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia or Slovenia. More information about registered offices and representatives of the KAN company can be found on our multi-language website www.kan-them.com.
Our presence on this market is visible, among others, in investments which prioritise quality and reliability and, therefore, focus on the KAN-therm Systems. One of them concerns the majestic building of the Parliament in Hungary, the seat of the Hungarian government.
A moment of reunion
When Buda, Óbuda and Pest were joined in 1873 into one city – the present-day capital city of Hungary – it was agreed that a building should be erected, which would mark this memorable moment, and at the same would become a representative seat of Hungarian authorities. To prepare the project and put up the most important building in the country, it took the architect Imre Steindel 20 years. The works were finally completed in 1902.
Star of architecture
The picturesque location by the very Danube creates an illusion of the building rising straight from the water. The charm of this place is highlighted by the densely-woven, lacy facade multiplied by the surface of the water and precision, artistic ornaments that make it difficult to take one’s eyes of them.
The plan of the Parliament building is based on the symmetry of the wings which once housed chambers of the parliament and senate. The central point is a massive middle dome, in which there are 16 statues of Hungarian rulers. Since 1945, one of the wings of the building has served as a seat of the parliament, and the second one has been made accessible for visitors. They can check with their own eyes how the superb interiors of the Hungarian building present themselves.
The monumental character of the Hungarian building is reflected, most of all, in numbers: the second largest building in Hungary has the surface of 18 thousand square metres, 473 thousand cubic metres of space, 268 metres in length and 123 metres in width. In the edifice, there are 691 rooms (200 of which house offices), 29 staircases, 27 entries, 13 lifts and 10 inside yards. The dome in the central part of the building is 96 metres high. Over 200 sculptures, adorning internal and external walls, look splendid as well. In the construction of the building, more than 40 million bricks and over 40 kg of 22- and 23-carat gold were used; the latter – for ornaments.
The path to renovation
With a view to restoring the edifice to its former glory, it is a subject of practically constant conservatory works – the building is so vast and rich in details that its various parts have undergone constant modernisation since 1988. The renovation includes not only replacement of crumbling stone elements with stone of a higher quality, resistant both to atmospheric conditions and the smog of the city. Modernisation has encompassed, in recent years, the interiors and heating systems as well. Owing to that, occupying an office or sightseeing in the neo--gothic building has become more comfortable.
Renovation of the historic interior
It was not an easy task to replace installations since – as in the case of any renovation of a historic building – one has to be extremely careful during the works. The historic site required application of fault-free systems ensuring that no repairs will be needed for long years in the future. For that, the KAN-therm System has been chosen.
“The advantage of the KAN-therm Systems is their trouble-free operation and universality”, says Ivan Ljubić, the Southern Europe Markets Director. “They can be utilised in newly-put up and historic buildings alike, as well as in public utility ones, requiring a particular attention during its modernisation.
On such sites, the installation must meet high requirements resulting from the structure, the construction technology used, the character of architectonic elements and designation of a given building. Consideration is also given to fire protection regulations or the building’s status of a historic monument.
Innovation coupled with aesthetics
“We used underfloor heating and cooling system in the edifice of the Parliament in Hungary, which emphasise the high standard of the realisation”, explains Ivan Ljubić. “Owing to the possibility of adjusting the KAN-therm System to the specific nature of the building, its surface and cubic capacity, the temperature of the interiors is optimal – ideal for its users and the historic ornaments or exhibition pieces stored in the chambers as well.
An additional important feature of the installations used is that they are inconspicuous – it is worthwhile to ensure the realisation does not affect the aesthetic value of the historic interiors. Their charm draws to Budapest masses of tourists, who do not imagine sightseeing tours in the city without a visit to the Parliament in Hungary. Reserving some time for admiring of the building at night would not be a regrettable thing to do, since each element of the facade is brought out then by the perfectly-arranged illumination of this Hungarian building.