Medgyaszay, Istvan

Name: Medgyaszay, Istvan
Gender: Male
Birth: 1877
Death: 1959
Description: Istvan Medgyaszay (1877-1959) created works praised for their synthesis of national romanticism and functionalism. Because of his anthropologic interest in Hungarians origins, Medgyaszay integrated engineering innovations (reinforced concrete structure) and compact architectural structures with archetypal motives, such as the tulip (from Turkish tradition), animal symbols (the hook in particular, as symbol of the ancient warriors, and the deer and doe), and pre-Christian religious elements such as the Sun and Moon. His most daring plan was the construction of a National Pantheon in Budapest on the Gellért Hill, the design of which won an award in Vienna in 1903, in Budapest in 1906, in Paris 1907, in London 1909 and in Monza in 1923.
Structures:  Pavilion of Hungary