92 steps lead to the water tower apartment
The reception is unique. It begins with the presentation of the garden. Self-carved, human-sized dragon statue at the entrance to the building, illuminated by a bubbling fountain. The noise of the city is filtered in from afar, but it’s like we’re in a movie studio, maybe dropping into a beach resort.
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– Some elements of the film The Lord of the Rings come to life here, I tried to realize them. We took this miracle with my partner, Her, Werner Klocker, in February, and since then we have put a lot of energy into making recreation a real island, says Sándor Kele, owner. The young man saddled from the hospitality to a water tower resident. He worked for years in Austria to return to seize this opportunity he knows.
– I definitely wanted to set up a community workshop. Where even children, adults, young artists can come together and exchange ideas. For a long time I thought the countryside would be the ideal solution, when I saw this place, I immediately felt like I had found it. We still have a special relationship between us, Sándor told us. As he said, when he first entered he smoothed through the walls, all the way up to the floors to feel what was being communicated to him.
– Accurate point 22.5 meters. The thickness of the walls is almost one meter. The tower was renovated in 2004 by a former owner, a pilot. You have to come at sunset, at which time it is the most beautiful. Everything is reminiscent of the land of elves, with its small clearings, seating, resting. I am just as proud of the garden as I am of the building. I worked with plants and ornaments all summer, spending the price of a more expensive condominium on it. He has an original Tibetan umbrella that cleans the space. The small communal space where you can cook, the fun is typical – presents the secret corners of the owner.
Here is the terrace of the hobby house, below it is one of the old water tanks, five meters in diameter, and the bottom is eight meters underground.
– I’m waiting for filmmakers here, art groups. I thought I was trying to make a little peace here in this chaos outside, in this world of snasn. I prefer to call Avalan, which is the happy afterlife of Celtic mythology. There are also two artefacts carded by a descendant of a Hungarian count, I will not tell you which ones. look at these prisms in the air, I call them the tears of joy – says Sándor Kele, and then at the end of the short walk we reach the entrance to the tower at dusk.
He takes a handful of Tibetan meditation tones: the meditation tones, as if his roar is heard to the heavens, are the way to enter. The gate of the tower opens, we reach the reception room on the ground floor, small sculptures, a table with chairs, pictures on the walls, the atmosphere of the last century. In the middle, a first-generation housekeeper made of metal was bought from an antique shop on the banks of the Danube. There is also a tiny washbasin at once, so the entrant does not have to climb floors.
Pleasant warm welcome, we set off.
You need to prepare for a total of 92 steps. The exact point of the tower is 22.5 meters, seven stories high. The next level on the spiral staircase is 8 meters high. We arrive at a love hut with a double bed in the middle, interestingly there are doors on either side of the bed.
Continuing uphill we are greeted by a kitchen furnished by a spiral staircase, we are 15 meters high inside the tower. Then, walking further up the narrowing spiral, we open a parade bathroom, a small pool covered with a huge bathtub, rather with small tiles. When brushing your teeth, you already have a place to look out the window.
The main square, as the owner puts it, the Enterprise starship unfolds in front of us at 19 meters. Thirty square meters, completely circular. It is surrounded by dozens of elongated windows, a glass panorama, all the bright heights of the capital. There is a huge curved bed at the wall, it can accommodate six people.
– The art meetings will be here. I would like to host image galleries, organize exhibitions, and invite as many artists from all over the world as possible, says the artist enthusiastically. Spacious space, amazingly bright, plants bloom. And in the middle there is already a slender attic staircase pointing in the direction of the summit.
Our head knocks on top of the footed glass dome at 22 feet, which really makes up for the many steps. To Visegrád, as if we were looking at the illuminated city from an airplane. Indefatigable. The conversation also stops, the windows are open, the sound of the pulsation of Ferencváros is quietly filtered. A train glides on the remote rails as a model.
“However, the pandemic has hit us too, so we’re welcoming it for a short time now.” We do not advertise, anyone who wants to find it will book it. And he enjoys it.
The guide is for everyone, we are slowly walking back up the stairs. As a farewell, in the reception office, our attendant opens a small iron door built into the wall. We see straight into the many hundreds of cubic meters of underground water tank. The echo is even more chest than the pitch black. It’s downright scary. The slamming of the door is sobering, we count, the rumble echoes for ten seconds. This is how he says goodbye to his visitors from the century-old tower.
The equipment is not commonplace / Photo: Péter Zsolnai
92 steps lead upwards / Photo: Péter Zsolnai
The bathroom is beautiful / Photo: Péter Zsolnai
This is the bedroom / Photo: Péter Zsolnai
The whole of Budapest can be seen / Photo: Péter Zsolnai
Sándor Kele is the proud owner of the building / Photo: Péter Zsolnai