The Royal Palace in Gödöllő is the only royal palace of the Hungarian Kingdom lasting for nearly a thousand years, which was preserved in such a condition, that following an up-to-date rehabilitation it recalls the authentic image of the royal residence’s golden age.
Following stormy historic conditions, at the time the rehabilitation started, thirty years ago, the palace itself was in an extremely damaged, ruinous condition. However, its state allowed for saving the palace, and its damages could be authentically substituted.
In the case of the castle the notion of convenience refers to solutions fitted to several demands:
1. Basic convenience – functional layout, heating, lighting, water supply, telecommunication, building management system etc.;
2. Energy convenience – general thermal isolation, window insulation, modern light sources, renewable energy;
3. Special convenience – climate control system (for works of art), museum lighting, UV protection, subsequent water-insulation etc.;
4. Security – video surveillance, access control system, fire protection, security management system;
Without any attempt to comprehensiveness, the convenience of the royal palace is reviewed according to the enumerated considerations.
Our need for convenience is ambivalent. We do have a need for it, and we can’t really miss the convenience level of modernity. Yet, we are not willing to face the spatial, physical conditions to achieving this convenience. We expect convenience to serve us unobserved, and illusion enclosed by heritage to remain unaltered. These multiple demands raise the heritage philosophy issue as well: complete concealing, composition into an aesthetic milieu, unvarnished display or a new aesthetic value grounded on the relationship between old and new? The answer – the rehabilitation solution applied – always calls for special consideration.
Keywords: palace, convenience, safety, rationalization of energy consumption, illusion