The renovation of a 1930s’ villa, once owned by the famous opera singer Rózsi Walter, now incorporates an exhibition space showcasing Hungarian architecture. The project on Bajza utca is being run by the Hungarian Museum of Architecture and the Documentation Centre for the Protection of Monuments (MÉM-MDK), backed by the Hungarian Academy of Arts. The new exhibition, which opens to visitors on 18 May, has been inspired by the villa's unique design – and its former residents.

The Rózsi Walter villa was built for the famous opera singer of the same name and her family in 1936, and designed by an outstanding figure in modern Hungarian architecture, József Fischer.

Its renovation has been carried out according to the plans of architect László Kokas. The architectural detail and interiors were completely restored thanks to painstaking research and photographs from at the time.

For future use, the building will be equipped with 21st-century technology for exhibitions and events, and will also host public events, performances and small concerts.

The inaugural exhibition, Theatre Space & Living Space – the Villa, which opens in May, focuses on architecture between the wars, home design and housing, and builds on the rich material provided by MÉM-MDK.

In the former children’s room, the visitor can find out about the progressive education of the period, while in the study, work is the focus, including Rózsi Walter’s life and career. Comfort imbues the residence on Bajza utca throughout.