• 2016 APRIL:
     
    WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR OPEN CALL FOR STUDENTS IS OFFICIALLY OUT NOW!
     
    If you are a university student or you just graduated in architecture, design or art, you are very welcome to hand in your application as a participant until 22 May 2016. 
     
    For details and open call click on applicaton 2016.
     
  • 2016 MARCH:
     
    OPEN CALL FOR WORKSHOP LEADER APPLICATIONS TO
    HELLO WOOD'S SUMMER SCHOOL AND FESTIVAL IS
    OUT NOW! 
     
     
    PROJECT VILLAGE 2016
     
    In the Old Testament God gave a very precise manual on how to build a tabernacle, the portable dwelling space of divine presence, a meeting point between God and his people. It symbolised the cosmology of its community as well as marking the new station in their wandering.
     
    Project Village 2016 is asking its community to define and construct their own place of ritual for its nomadic members. A place of arrival, permanence, connection… followed by disintegration and final disappearance.
     
    The fanfare of Project Village 2015  came to be a  portable settlement celebrating its provisional state as it joined various festivals. Wherever it travelled, it became a catalyst for interaction, activity and pleasure of its temporary communities. 
     
    THIS YEAR WE WILL TEST THE PROCESS OF SETTLING
    Project Village explores the reciprocal relationship between communities and their built environment using the rural terrain as its canvas.
     
    Continuing our investigations in the countryside, Project Village 2016 calls you to join our glomad community, to migrate and claim our territory of Csoromfolde, and transform its surface of trees, grass, ruins, and left behind artefacts into our rural settlement. 
     
    A settlement to be constructed on the border of a sedentary and a nomadic state, a place for the cyclical revival of Hello Wood’s rural campus.
    A settlement that will become the temporary home of its builders. 
     
    What would you build first to mark your base by your neighbour’s side? 
     
    Can this first station become the foundation in the making of our village? How will the site alter our preconceived, visionary or revolutionary ideas of a community settlement? And vice versa: how will our ideas revive the remaining walls of the previous hamlet? How will we write the new chapter in 
    the story of Csoromfolde where we are the protagonists?
     
    Can a week-long exercise in real-time master planning, practicing the craft and politics of building, partying and constructing our own community lead to a new form of village?
     
    We invite professionals, academics and students from around the globe to shape the horizon of Csoromfolde and lay down the foundation of our rural campus, constructing the threshold between permanent and temporary, ephemeral and grounded, familiar and foreign, a place for discussion 
    and physical realisation.  
     
    Join us in our continuing  debate on the future of the countryside while realising our collective fantasy of a village designed, built, and inhabited by its architects.
     

    WHEN: JULY 14/22 2016
    WHERE: CSÓROMPUSZTA
    CO-CURATED BY: Johanna Muszbek architect (University of Liverpool)

     
     
    FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 2016 PROGRAMME AND APPLICATION DETAILS
    PLEASE DOWNLOAD OUR OPEN CALL HERE
     
    registration deadline: April 15
    final application deadline: May 1
     
    Open call for students who wish to participate will also be out soon, in late April.
     
  • 2015 DECEMBER:
    HELLO WOOD CHRISTMAS TREES IN BUDAPEST, LONDON AND MANCHESTER
     
     
    For the third consecutive year, we had the opportunity to rethink the concept of the Christmas tree. We believe that Christmas should be about giving something back to the community that we are part of, and this thought should extend beyond the Christmas season. Hello Wood has treated architecture as a metaphor, using building material that will be reused after the holidays for various good causes. In addition to building an enormous Charity Tree in our home city of Budapest, this year we built Christmas projects in the two biggest cities of the United Kingdom: London and Manchester.

     
  • LONDON: LET IT SNOW project
    photo: John Sturrock
  • As part of The Pilcrow Project in Manchester, Hello Wood was commissioned to build an 11-metre-tall tree on Sadler’s Yard. The tree was created with the hope that it would become a symbol of the power of community-building during the Christmas holidays, and later on 100% of the building material will be recycled to build the Pilcrow Pub’s workshop space. Some of the materials will be used as work benches, while other parts will be used for furniture, flooring, wall coverings, and traditional pub games. The Pilcrow Pub, which itself will be a temporary structure, has been designed to move around the NOMA neighbourhood as it develops, and is expected to fast become a local attraction and topic of conversation, giving people the chance to take part in the building process and learn new skills. A series of free-to-attend workshops will encourage groups of volunteers to spend time learning a new skill by constructing part of the pub themselves.
  • In Budapest’s Erzsébet Square, Hello Wood built a giant Christmas tree to support the campaign of Hungarian Interchurch Aid. The tree, built for an entire week with the help of alpinists, is 16 metres high, 6.5 metres wide, and was made of 10,000 pieces of firewood that weigh a total of 40 tonnes. The goal was to create a Christmas tree for the Budapest community, symbolizing the importance of caring about each other. Therefore, all the firewood used to build it will be given to families in need during January. The installation is called Charity Tree, representing the importance of the community and social awareness: not only because people traditionally gather around Christmas trees to celebrate together, but also because at this time of the year, it is particularly important to think of the thousands of Hungarian families who have daily problems with heating during wintertime. Hello Wood launched the project to raise awareness of these burning social problems that we have to find a solution to as a community. Hello Wood’s symbolic answer was to create a temporary installation, which can be used to heat homes during wintertime.
  • BUDAPEST: CHARITY TREE
    photo: Balázs Turós
  • 2015 OCTOBER:

    HELLO WOOD OPENED BUDAPEST'S FIRST
    COMMUNITY WOOD WORKSHOP
  • Technika - our open wood workshop finally opened! 
     
    ​Founded by Hello Wood  and the ​​Economic Polytechnics High School, Technika #1 is Budapest's first public DIY workshop for undergraduates, carpenters, non-professionals and children.

    Our aim is  to give everyone an opportunity to get familiar with the again popular and fascinating world of timbering and DIYing.  

    address: 1096 Budapest, Vendel utca 3.
    opening hours: Tuesday/Saturday  1-8pm
    contact: technika@hellowood.eu



    MORE PHOTOS, DETAILS, EVENTS:
    www.technikaworkshop.com

    IF YOU ARE IN BUDAPEST AND NEED A SPACE TO WORK, COME AND JOIN US! 
  • 2015 AUGUST:
    PROJECT VILLAGE 2015 FINISHED
     
    Hello Wood invited 150 practicing architects, academics and students  to take part in Project Village, an architectural experiment that redefines the concept of the village. Although the village is an outgrowth of its own socio-political, historical and environmental context over a long period of time, the experiment asked the question whether this process can be addressed differently. Can settlements generate their own context over a relatively short period of time? Participants were searching for new methods in real-time masterplanning, and by practicing the craft and the politics of actual building, constructed a community that  established its own, and possibly a new form of village. Project Village became an instant settlement of 150 people during the one week in which it was built. Units of a traditional village where approached from a community perspective, in a contemporary form: among the 15 installations were a Migrant House, a Rolling Pub, a Village Cinema, and even a residential building depicting the cycle of birth and death. As a result,  Project Village in its first year became a catalyst of events and social interaction. It is a manifold community space ready to be occupied by and engage various groups of public.
     
    In the past ten years numerous art projects have focused on the topic of community settlements: from the experimental settlement of AVL Ville built by Joep Van Lieshout in Rotterdam, through Yael Bartana’s propagandistic art work Wall and Tower, to Thomas Hirshhorn’s  Gramsci Monument:. These works all raise questions on the role of community settlements, their reciprocal relation to their environment, and their urban, cultural, socio-political context. Starting in 2015, Project Village joined this debate. Continuing the tradition of the 6 years old Hello Wood, participants were invited to build a one–to-one model of their collective vision of a village: after designing the different components, they have built a settlement in one week, and set it on its way to occupy various environments and to be occupied by different communities and multiple activities.
     
    Team leaders of Hello Wood, arriving from various parts of the world from diverse academic and professional environments, came with entirely different references for what an ideal village should look like or should be. While the traditional village in Hungary is usually built along one street, in Mexico - for instance - it is based on a circular-structure. Since the creators of Project Village worked without the cultural and architectural heritage of real villages, this creative freedom resulted in a settlement based on the needs and desires of a team of multinational thinkers. The installations do not seek to provide a general solution to the problems of villages around the world. The creators did, however, search for new ways of addressing social architecture and the use of public space. The installations reflect  certain problems of contemporary society such as immigration, multifaith communities and the issues of private properties The creators also reimagined institutions of a well-established village: the cinema, the pub and and the community places.
     
    Project Village 2015 is the first phase of a 3-year-long architectural endeavor. During the first phase the creators have established a Village that’s primarily focusing on engaging with communities, generating social interactions and testing it as a public space. In the next chapter in 2016, the Village will expand, evolve, find its borders, and defend itself if needed. In the final year of the Project Village cycle, parts of the settlement will be conserved, reused, revitalized, deconstructed. Rather than manipulating and scrutinizing the architectural construct of an existing village, Project Village establishes its own settlement and examines the relationship between  communities and their built environment through partaking in the politics and process of building, while challenging student-teacher-client-designer synergies at work,  in search of  innovative methods in participatory design processes.

    The Village made its debut as an event space in the Valley of Arts Festival, after which it became a travelling circus related to the theme and nuanced by the context of the Sziget Festival
     
    PHOTOS:
     
    MOOD PHOTOS - LIFE AT HELLO WOOD 2015 - CLICK HERE
    PROJECT PHOTOS - 15 PROJECTS - CLICK HERE
    PROJECT VILLAGE @ VALLEY OF ARTS FESTIVAL - CLICK HERE
    PROJECT VILLAGE @ SZIGET FESTIVAL BUDAPEST - CLICK HERE
     
  • The Community Work 'In Progress' project well used during the Valley of Arts Festival in Kapolcs (July 24- August 2)
    Project created by: Team Leaders: Ifigeneia Dilaveraki / Rikkert Paauw 
    Team: Árpád Tóth, Ayelen Peressini, Bartosz Zabiega, Eva Liisa Kubinyi, Jyothi Pillay, Lena Margarete Antonie Breitenborn, Roman Ledesma, Thiago Flores
  • photo by Gábor Somoskői
  •                                       photo by Tamás Bujnovszky
  • VIDEOS
  •                                                            Video taken during the workshop, capturing participants of Hello Wood 2015.
  • 2015 MAY:
    PROJECT VILLAGE 2015  - WORKSHOPS
     

    WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT THE FOLLOWING 15 TEAMS WHO ARE LEADING WORKSHOPS AT HELLO WOOD THIS YEAR: 
     
    FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WORKSHOP LEADERS AND THE PROJECTS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
     
     
    Katsuya Fukushima   
    project: GHOST IN THE HOUSE  
    type: dwelling: individual
     
    Ákos Juhász / Charley Brentnall / Piers Taylor  
    project: BIG SHED NIGHT
    type: entertainment: theatre 
     
    Rufus van den Ban / Suzana Milinović
    project: VILLAGE CINEMA
    type: entertainment: cinema

    Marcin Kurdziel  / Danny Wills from  URBAN THINK-TANK
    project: MIGRATION HOUSE
    type: Inn-Refugee Shelter-Pilgrim House 
     
    Bart Jan Polman / Johanna Muszbek / Maurizio Bianchi Mattioli
    project: ROLLING PUB
    type: Pub
     
    Jan Vondrák / Jan Mach from MJÖLK ARCHITECTS
    project: ARCHITECTURE OF SMILE
     type: Infrastructure: icons, orientation 
     
    Jennifer Argo   /   Lee Ivett 
    project:  A R G O
    type: Church
     
    Pablo Kobayashi / Yoshio Fukumori
    project: A COHESIVE FENCE
    type: Infrastructure: fence, seats
     
    Lux Nieve  /  Pep Tornabell 
    project: PERFORMATIVE AGORA
    type:  Main square / Infrastructure: public seating / agora
     
    Lukasz Pastuszka from MOOMOO Architects
    project: KUBIK RUBIK
    type: Market
     
    Márta Fischer / Oliver Sales
    project: TOWER GATE
    type: Infrastructure: gate, icon, tower 
     
    Jocelyn Froimovich / Bence Komlósi
    project: SLEEPINGTORY
    type: Public dwelling
     
     Ifigeneia Dilaveraki / Rikkert Paauw 
    project: COMMUNITY WORK 'IN PROGRESS'
    type: city hall: community center
     
    Martial Marquet / Nicolas Polaert
    project: MAZZOCCHIO
    type: Infrastructure/main square: public lighting/rotunda 
     
    Eleőd Ákos / Kalászi Zoltán / Máté Tamás / Vass-­Eysen Áron
    project: BIWAK
    type: Dwelling: public, guest house
  • 2015 APRIL
    OPEN CALL FOR STUDENTS IS OUT NOW,
    APPLY AND BE PART OF PROJECT VILLAGE 2015!
     
     
    application deadline: 16 May 2015
    for details click on 'APPLICATION' 
  • 2015 MARCH
    HELLO WOOD OPEN CALL FOR WORKSHOP LEADERS: 
     
     
    We are looking for team leaders in Project Village 2015,
    a workshop and symposium held 11-19 July.
     
    Applications are due before the 15th of April,
    submissions of the plans are due before the 3rd of May.
     
     
    CALL FOR PROPOSALS: EN / HU
     
    Feel free to provoke, raise eyebrows, fuel the discussion!
     
     
     
                                                                                   PROJECT VILLAGE 2015
     
                                                                                                         HELLO WOOD
                                                            - international workshop & festival for art and architecture -
                                                                            July 11-19 2015 / Csórompuszta, Hungary
     
                                                               
    Mahatma Ghandi once said: “the Future of India lies in its villages”. Yet contemporary architectural discourse has focused mostly on the role of the city within society. How many times have we heard that more than half of the world's population now lives in cities? What if, for a moment, we moved away from our obsession with the city, revisited Ghandi’s famous words and said: The future of the world lies in its villages!
                                                               
    The traditional understanding of the village suggests the smallest urban formation, in which different community roles take an architectural form. The village is an outgrowth of its own socio-political, historical and environmental context over a long period of time.
                                                               
    Can this process be addressed differently? Can settlements generate their own context? Can a week-long exercise in real-time masterplanning, practicing the craft and politics of building, partying and constructing our own community lead to a new form of village?
                                                               
    PROJECT VILLAGE 2015 IS PROPAGANDA FOR REVERSED URBANISATION.
     
    By leaving the city and by occupying a piece of the countryside for a week- long workshop we will build a community-settlement.
    We ask professionals and students from around the world to bring their experience, their  pre-conceived and  revolutionary ideas of each part of the village and to negotiate these against time and material constraints, the neighbor’s lot, and –most importantly– the common purpose.
                                                               
    We all have our culturally influenced idea of what a village is. By challenging the informal and rural fantasy of the village, Project Village will become an instant functional settlement. The major programmatic parts will include those of a traditional village: Community space, dwellings, market, school, barn and so on.  All will be infused with the pleasure and fun of the temporary collective. What defines a cohesive community settlement? Will we find the wooden prototype for an ideal market stand? Will we establish our own economy that informs a new type for the place of trade?
                                                               
    Let’s try to find out if tomorrow’s villages will be about sustainability, survival or pleasure. Join us in this debate and help us realize our collective fantasy of a village designed, built and inhabited by its architects.
     
    In 2015, once again, we have the opportunity to build 12 projects, on our site in
    Csorompuszta, Hungary. 

     
    We are looking for team leaders: architects , designers and artists, either practicing professionals or academics  
    who feel inspired by Project Village.
     
    After the Hello Wood workshop, the installations will be exhibited in the Valley of Arts Festival and then will be taken to one of Europe’s biggest music and cultural event, Sziget Festival and the Budapest Design Week.
     
    Hello Wood 2015’s co-curator is Johanna Muszbek, a practicing architect and landscape architect in New York City who graduated from the MSc. Advanced Architectural Design Program at Columbia University, currently working for
    Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
     
    PLEASE READ THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR DETAILS, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT HERE
    MAGYAR VERZIÓ ITT

     
  • 2015 MARCH
    HELLO WOOD 2015  - PROJECT VILLAGE
    conference and workshop
  • 2014/2015 WINTER
    CHRISTMAS TREE WITHOUT THE GLITTER
     
    In 2014 we built a Christmas tree together with Design Terminal and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid in one of the most central squares of Budapest. The installation is 11 meters high, 4,5 meters wide and was made of 5000 pieces of firewood that weigh 150 quintals. After last year’s project, when we  built a huge Christmas tree made of sledges, this year’s goal was to create a Christmas tree for the Budapest community, which symbolizes the importance of caring about each other. All the firewood used in the installation are  given to families in need in January.
  • WATCH OUR VIDEO: 
     
  • MORE PHOTOS HERE !
  • 2014 FALL:
     
    HELLO WOOD AT BUDAPEST DESIGN WEEK
     
     
    HELLO WOOD PRESENTS: BENEDETTA TAGLIABUE (MIRALLES – TAGLIABUE EMBT)
    ’BLENDING AND EXPERIMENTATION’ – LECTURE
     
     
    LOCATION: Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest
    1121 Budapest, Zugligeti út 9-25. / Auditorium
    DATE: 8/10/2014 10:00
    PARTNERS: Design Terminal, Embassy of Spain in Budapest, Doctoral School of Moholy-Nagy University
    ENTRY: free
     
    Benedetta Tagliabue is one of the best known contemporary architects. The buildings of her office, the Miralles-Tagliabue EMBT include the New Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, the Diagonal Mar Park, the Santa Caterina market in Barcelona, and the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo which was awarded the prestigious RIBA International “Best International Building of 2011” award. This is the point where the office and Hello Wood are linked, as the designer of this pavilion, Salvador Gilabert Sanz represented the office in the Hello Wood camp this year. Benedetta talks about the relationship between theory and practice, the activities of the office and the closely related Miralles Foundation, the achievements and the challenges held by future, and about how a woman can succeed in the world of architecture.
     
    / In partnership with Budapest Design Week 2014/
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    THANK YOU FOR TAKING PART IN THIS YEAR'S HELLO WOOD
    It was a wonderful week and we hope everyone had a good time!
    For more pictures and videos check our flickr page and vimeo
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    HELLO WOOD 2014 
    - ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIMENTS -
     
    INTERNATIONAL WOOD WORKSHOP & FESTIVAL
     
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR APPLICATIONS!
     
     
     
     
  • “what is joy without sorrow? what is success without failure? what is a win without a loss? what is health without illness? you have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. there is always going to be suffering. it’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you.”
     
    - Mark Twain -
  • Architecture of Balance: Hello Wood 2014 open call for admission
     
    APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
    16 MAY 2014
     
     
    Hello Wood is one of the leading international architecture and design camps in Europe: last year more than 100 architects from 12 countries participated in the summer workshop. All work, produced in Hello Wood carries two attributes: it’s mostly of wood and it’s characterized by an interplay of art and social commitment. This year, for the fifth time Hello Wood has the opportunity to create 12 wood installations in its summer workshop in Csorompuszta, a charming village of Balaton uplands, Hungary.
     
    Hello Wood is looking for workshop leaders and student coming from the world of architecture, design or other art fields, who feel touched by its current topic: BALANCE. Our aim is to create pieces that can capture the delicate moment of equilibrium by reacting on  uncertainty, skepticism or disproportion; notions that can easily be translated to the language of architecture.

    For all the details, please read the open calls!
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    2014 APRIL:
     
    HELLO WOOD AT BUDAPEST SPRING FESTIVAL 2014
     
    Hello Wood collaborated with Budapest Spring Festival on three projects. We built a BUTTERFLY HOUSE installation on Erzsébet Square, a venue with concerts, fashion shows and performances.  The huge B.U.D.A.P.E.S.T sign on Heroes Square and the smaller FESTIVAL CUBES were real tourist attractions during the Festival. 
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    2014 MARCH:
     
    HELLO WOOD FACTORY // INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

    The Hello Wood Factory’s creative program allows young architects and designers to work with acclaimed professionals in a 12 month period. Factory is a platform which gives a chance for the participants to find solutions to real problems, work on multidisciplinary projects and international competitions, last but not least to build a strong, diverse portfolio. This year's intership program will start in the middle of March.
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    2013 DECEMBER:
     
    HELLO WOOD'S CHRISTMAS TREE AT THE PALACE OF THE ARTS BUDAPEST
     
    This year the Palace of Arts (MÜPA) celebrates Christmas with a 11 meters high Christmas tree!
    Hello Wood built a special installation made out of 365 sleighs - it stood in front of the Palace of the Arts until the end of the Holidays. All sleighs were to the little inhabitants of the SOS Children’s Village by favour of Telekom.
     
     The setting of the Christmas tree took one week for the Hello Wood team and the amazing structure of the interior was open for visitors from the 5th of December till the 6th of January, 2014.
     
     
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYBODY!
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    2013 OCTOBER:
     
    DESIGN PICNIC BY HELLO WOOD  
    - DESIGN WEEK BUDAPEST 2013 -
     
    A sunday picnic with great independent culinary groups at the Design Week Budapest on 29 September, 2013.
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    2013 SEPTEMBER:
     
    HELLO WOOD 2013 EXHIBITION // BUDAPEST DESIGN WEEK 

    Hello Wood installations were exhibited at Müpa - Palace of Arts. Two installations placed in front of MÜPA and one inside the building from 3 October until 16 November, 2013.
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    2013 AUGUST:
     
    FESTIVAL INSTALLATIONS // SZIGET FESTIVAL 2013
     
    Hello Wood team has been working with Sziget Festival since 2011, one of the biggest festival companies in Europe to create some extraordinary sights.

    We developed small decorational elements and huge party places also over the past few years that were loved by thousands of visitors each year.
     
    Our team can travel and build similar interactive and artistic creations anywhere in the world.
     
     
     
    CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO
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