Béla Lajta - Hungary
Uj Szěnház (New Theater)
Paulay Ede Utca 35, Budapest

Adjacent to the Andrássy út and the opera, but tucked away in a small side street, is located this solitaire building, which can heavily be assigned to a specific
era of architecture. It is interesting to compare it with the adjacent house number 37, with its Art Nouveau stucco reliefs. Hardly anything suggests the almost
simultaneous creation of the two buildings. The building was planned in 1901 by Lajta Béla as a nightclub, already ten years later it was rebuilt into a theater
by József Vágó. During this intervention the building received an Art Deco interior. The examination of this building makes clear that the architect considered
nightclubs as a unique universe. The façade surfaçe appears like a membrane, through which a new world is accessed. Remarkably, some contemporary
mausoleums of wealthy Budapest citizens show a similar architectural vocabulary. In these construction is also expressed a border between two worlds,
which is crossed with the death. Interesting is the smooth stone façade, which relates to the formal language of archaic cultures and uses only a few
protruding components such as lights or small windows, as structuring elements. Even the small door on the right side with its low passage height is remarkable,
it may be an allusion to diminutive mythical creatures, frolicking in this other inner world. The termination with the
dark Secession's Angels by Géza Maróti
 is surprising, but the figures enter into a well-proportioned interplay with the simple facade.