An architectural gem for Budapest

MEVA formwork for the construction of a church that is worth seeing

Data & Facts

  • Project
    • Pesterzsébeti Makovecz-templom, Budapest, Hungary
  • Principal
    • Hungarian Reformed Church, Szabótelep parish
  • Contractor
    • KÉSZ Group, Budapest, Hungary
  • MEVA systems
  • Engineering and support
    • MEVA Zsalurendszerek Zrt., Budapest, Hungary

Mammut meets monolith

The Hungarian Reformed Church is the country’s second-largest religious community. It commissioned the construction of a new church – a true architectural gem. For the construction of the intricate design with high requirements on the quality of the concrete, the construction company Kész relied on flexible formwork systems from MEVA.

At the groundbreaking ceremony in 2019, Ákos Szabados, the mayor, talked about an “architectural gem for Budapest”. And not without reason: the “Pesterzsébeti Makovecz-templom” on King Matthias Square in the 20th District of the Hungarian capital is a veritable eye-catcher. How could it be otherwise? After all, the building was designed by Imre Makovecz, who is known for his unusual organic architecture far beyond the borders of Hungary.

Mammut meets monolith
MEVA formwork technology was already used in earlier buildings designed by Makovecz – for example the thermal bath in Makó and the unique Pancho Aréna in the sporting centre Felcsút: whether to pour walls and slabs or to support and secure load-bearing structures and filigree roof coverings consisting mainly of glued laminated timber. In the case of the Reformed Church’s new place of worship with its complicated monolithic load-bearing structure, selected MEVA material was transported to the construction site: 200 m² of Mammut 350 panels, 400 m² of MevaFlex, 8 Triplex props, 80 ­EuMax props, 8 MEP shoring towers.

Kész employed the Mammut 350 system to create the filigree concrete elements on the Budapest construction site. MEVA industrial formwork is normally used when large wall surfaces are to be created and where robustness and high fresh-concrete pressure capacity are required. The challenge here was to pour the height of 10 metres for the monoliths as well as the frame of the arched design cleanly and straightforwardly. The modular Triplex heavy-duty props for high wall and column formwork reliably provide the 350 x 250 cm formwork panels with the necessary support. These heavy-duty props stand out due to their stability and cost effectiveness and are easily assembled to the desired length using basic elements ranging from 50 to 300 cm. Spindles on the base and head sections enable them to be exactly aligned.

Simply efficient: MevaFlex slab formwork
The modular MEP shoring tower, which supports the slab formwork and concrete beams up to a height of 21 m, was used once again during the shell construction work performed in the spring of 2020.

The church’s gallery ceiling was produced using 400 m² of the cost-effective and efficient MevaFlex slab formwork system. It can be assembled and disassembled easily, as it is made up of only three components, and furthermore, it can be flexibly adapted to suit varying building layouts and slab thicknesses and allows the facing to be freely selected.