Budapest100, the city's beloved open house festival, is back this May with a theme that's sure to spark conversation: 1970s architecture. Mark your calendars for May 11th and 12th, because for one weekend only, you'll have a rare opportunity to explore 36 buildings not typically open to the public. From housing estates and research centres to universities and even a funeral home, this year's Budapest100 promises a fascinating architectural journey.

We love Budapest100 for its ability to unlock hidden architectural gems, and this year's theme is particularly intriguing. While late 1970s modern architecture can be a source of debate, there's no denying the unique construction techniques, shapes, and materials used in these buildings. The controversy often stems from the social and political context of the era.

The goal of this year's theme is to open a dialogue about this under-appreciated period of architecture. Many 1970s buildings lack proper documentation and face the risk of demolition or unsympathetic renovation. The Budapest100 program, running from May 9th to 12th, will provide a platform to delve deeper into this architectural style and foster a broader understanding. As these buildings are still relatively young, this year's program offers a special opportunity. Architects, designers, builders, and even residents from these 1970s structures will be able to share their first-hand stories, creating a rich tapestry of personal experiences alongside the architectural exploration.

While the 9th and 10th of May offer informative walks and professional workshops for architecture enthusiasts, the main event – building tours – unfolds on the 11th and 12th. This year's program goes beyond showcasing just residential buildings. Get ready to step inside some remarkable public structures, including the iconic Farkasréti Cemetery Funeral Home designed by Imre Makovecz. Explore the MTA Research Centre, delve into the history of Semmelweis University's building on Nagyvárad tér, and even gaze at the stars from the Polaris Observatory.

The 1970s were a period of significant housing estate development, and Budapest100 doesn't miss this crucial aspect. You'll have the chance to visit the innovative Víztoronyház (Water Tower House) and a former school in Újpalota. Explore the large-scale Füredi utca housing estate, the experimental Budafok estate, and the iconic Józsefváros tower blocks. The program includes a unique concert held on the rooftop of a building on Práter utca. And don't forget the captivating residential buildings. Be sure to visit 15 Árnyas út, a Budapest gem that promises to leave you awestruck.

More details here.

(Cover photo: Losonczi tér - We Love Budapest)