The leading Hungarian professional periodical of the time, Tér és Forma (Space and Form), published the Rózsi Walter Villa in January of 1937.

We have already mentioned in previous installments of the Villa Journal that the leading Hungarian professional periodical during the time between the two world wars, Tér és Forma (Space and Form), presented the Rózsi Walter Villa in January of 1937. As we also noted, the house was finished by the autumn of 1936, since Rózsi Walter was already seeing to its furnishing in September. However, Tér és Forma only showed the villa a half year later. The main reason for this was that Virgil Bierbauer, the editor-in-chief of the publication, each year regularly dedicated one issue to the Hungarian group of CIAM, the International Congresses of Modern Architecture, which had been formed in 1929 with József Fischer as a prominent member. Thus, the Rózsi Walter Villa appeared together with the buildings that the architects of the Hungarian group of CIAM had built in the preceding period. The buildings of Alfréd Forbát, Zoltán Kósa, Farkas Molnár, Gábor Preisich and Mihály Vadász are included in the selection, as well as that of Marcel Breuer, who was living abroad at that time. The Rózsi Walter Villa appears under the title “Villa of an Opera Singer on Bajza Street in Budapest”, illustrated with numerous photographs and ground plans. The contemporary press regularly called it the Opera Singer’s Villa and this is how it was generally translated in foreign publications of the time. Due to this, it was an important consideration for our institution to open the building under the name of the Rózsi Walter Villa.


Ágnes Anna Sebestyén