Baltazár D. tér 1, Debrecen

05.04.2018 – 29.04.2018

The 11th Estonian week’s programme in Debrecen will be opened with the exhibition “Wood in Estonian Architecture”, which was recently exhibited at the FUGA – Budapest Centre of Architecture in Budapest.

In addition, it is possible to get acquainted with the latest Estonian film production on four evenings.

The exhibition will be opened on April 5, 2018, at 5.30 p.m. by Béla Pecsenye, Chairman of the Chamber of Architects of Hajdú-Bihar County, and Zsolt Tibor China, Chief Architect of the City of Debrecen.

Film programme:
April 5, at 6.30 p.m. When You Least Expect It
April 6, at 6 p.m. The Man Who Looks Like Me
April 7, at 6 p.m. November
April 8, at 6 p.m. The End of the Chain

An exhibition of the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association gives an overview of our best wooden architecture through the ages. The most significant manifestations, types of buildings and individual buildings from the past centuries and today are highlighted.

Wood has been the primary building material at Estonia’s latitudes for thousands of years. Easily obtainable, quickly erectable, and more comfortable to live in than stone buildings. It was only in the 20th century that wooden architecture began to be appreciated. Until then, a few isolated stately buildings, which as a rule were built of stone, were seen as the more valuable manifestation of architectural thought. When the 20th century brought everyday architecture and the everyday environment into focus, the charms of wooden architecture were also discovered. Rapid developments and the domination of a modernist view of the world had already swept a great deal of wooden architecture into nonexistence in many countries. A considerable amount of wooden architecture has been preserved in Estonia.

The 21st century has brought a renaissance of wood and nowadays, approximately half of Estonia’s buildings are being erected in wood construction – mostly private dwellings, but more and more commercial and manufacturing buildings, apartment houses and cultural objects are also springing up. Wood has become trendy, captivating architects to try out the different possibilities of this material.

We would like to thank the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Chamber of Architects of Hajdú-Bihar County!

The exhibition will remain open in Debrecen until April 29.


Estonian Institute in Hungary
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