Klotild Palace


Light revitalizes the nineteenth-century Klotid Palace during the night. Homogeneous lighting alternating with accent lighting makes every detail of the building stand out, in a harmonious way with the urban context. The lighting values ​​are adjusted according to the functions of the places: higher in correspondence with commercial activities. The light communicates with the city




Budapest – Hungary


Mattioli Architects

A lighting intervention, without rhetorical or decorative references, was requested for the nineteenth-century Klotild Palace located, overlooking a twin building, on the "Pest" side of Budapest to make the night vision of the building harmoniously inserted into the urban context.
The use of projectors, with different light beam openings, of reduced dimensions, with controlled light emission, placed directly on the facade guarantees accessibility and safety for future maintenance, allows obtaining homogeneous lighting that highlights the architecture of the building in the historic center of Budapest with an adequate distribution of lighting levels on the facades, which will fade towards the roof, to avoid a strong contrast between facades and towers. An accent light highlights the spiers on the edge of the cornice.
The wrought iron balconies that run along all four sides of the building, on the second floor, are embellished with backlighting that highlights the backlit decorations.
The average illuminance values of the facade are increased in correspondence with the commercial activities and entrances to the building. In particular, for the three window lights of the Buddha, light curtains are used as diffusing screens for visibility from Kigyo street. The pillars that mark the rhythm of the shop windows on the ground floor are illuminated by recessed light-up fixtures.
The main spire is illuminated by floodlights positioned on the street poles which are located on the side perpendicular to the Szabad Sajtò street axis in such a way as to guarantee the absolute absence of glare compared to the surrounding buildings. The lighting project, respecting the architecture and urban context, reaches the required lighting levels with the right balance between the minimally invasive position of the luminaires and the containment of energy consumption.