Historical Overview of Andrássy Palace

The building located on Andrássy út 9. perfectly harmonises with the overall image of the neo-renessaince Andrássy út has been being built since 1972.

The building was erected based on the plans of the architect Kallina Mór and the building was implemented for the order of Brüll Ármin. It was built according to the standards and traditions of the era by absorbing all the place with the appliance of inner yard and spiral staircase in accordance to the majority of the tenement houses of the time thus creating a tarnishable building.

Brüll Ármin was a successful, well-to-do merchant and was the relative of Brüll Adél having made famous by the magnificent Hungarian poet Ady Endre in his poems as a muse.

The well-off merchant bought the land by the Susgár út on the peak of his carreer and had mansions built there. Buildings like these in those times used to be high quality, well prestigious, sophisticated an luxurious places to dwell. Although there used to be more mansions, like the above-mentioned one, built still the most popular buildings used to comprise plainer inner implementation and smaller apartments. Though they were characterised by spectacular facades, except the huge first storey condos they comprised smaller dwelling-places. In contrast to this mansions used to comprise spacious luxury apartments having been located in the frontage. Based on this knowledge Brüll Ármin might have dwelled in an above-described spacious apartment leasinf the smaller condos.

The palace is ensured to be in the same condition as it used to be by analysing the extracts being kept in the Budapest City Archives. Fortunately, unlike the majority of the Budapest buildings, it was avoided by the bombing of the World Wars. It suffered only one bomb explosion, on its facade, which left minute damage on the building itself. The restoration and renovation of the facade has been implemented by honouring the original state. The worse attachments of later eras were undone, the loosened ceramic roses of crown cornice were strengthened and the restoration and renovation of the stone material comprising the the balconies were changed. The pair of Atlasses having been done by Fessler Leo orginially were also renovated and restored.

The inner spaces were garnished by exquisite stuccos. These were later recreated and renovated based on the trend of jugendstil. These spaces were also renovated int he offices located on the first floor mirroring the renovations of the beginning of the 20th Century. The ceiling was re-painted and goldened by agreeing with the shapes and patterns located under the top layers.

Beside the significance of the palace in the Hungarian history of architecture it is further special being characterised by the hiddens suprises inside the bulding. Adjacent to the restoration of the original spaces entirely new and modern units were installed inside. The inner yard was transformed into a bright atrium by covering the top with glass panels. By adding more storeys new spaces were created by using modern materials just like glass and stainless steel.

The building receiving the renovation was genuinely regenerated in 1993-1994 besides restoring the original conditions. The mixture of new and modern elements with the older and tarnished units create an exquisite whole-ness. The whale-shaped edifice on the top of the building is used as a meeting-room. The whale is only apparent from the middle exposing the frontage of the building. For the completion of the special structure required the usage of technology borrowed from shipbuilding.

The back wing is also connected to the entity from the side of Paulay Street by exposing the two buildings providing the possibility to walk through them. The modern wing located at the back perfectly completes the Andrássy part by contrast. Despite the fact of the Paulay wing entirely bearing modern architecture it is comprises a whole with the palace.

The former Brüll Palace being extended with the Paulay wing serves the needs of the recent times.