Arnold Szabó, architect
“Imre, I am going to design a house for you, in which if somebody steps in, this person would feel, that s/he is in another world.” The former chief architect of Oradea – getting tired of the constant struggles with the local small-lord pigheads, making concessions everyday with the sick minds who consider themselves as the knowers of beauty – avenged with this house, but also said goodbye to life with it. Whoever looks around here, ought to see this man.
Gábor Erdei, carpenter master
By the time the engingeers have lost sight of the concept, and would have split the soul of the building into thin slices, this draft has got into his hands. He has put aside the tangled part-plans, the petty-minded advices, only held this picture in front of him, in order to create its pendant made up of walls, timber, roofs and stairs. Whoever looks around here, ought to see the beauty of the soul.
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The ground was offered by the Roman Catholic Episcopate in Oradea. A pastor’s home was built on it, which was later used by the locals as a chapel. On the area in front of the house, bushes and trees grew for forty years, it was used as a garbage dump by many, and homeless people put themselves up in the cellar.
The designer of Posticum was Arnold Szabó, an architect from Oradea. Albeit his death hindered him from elaborating the plan in details, based on the draft made by him, the building could start to be built. In 1996, Imre Rencsik, the youth pastor of the county church has set himself to start the work. As the first step, the north wing of the building was completed within two years, which at present serves as the guesthouse. Ten rooms, a dining room and a kitchen found its place on the five floors. The furniture – based on the design of the interior designer Eszter Mészöly – was made by the Posticum Don Bosco carpenter workshop.
In 1997 it seemed that the plan will not be further realised, due to the lack of money needed to continue. This year has been spent with searching for newer donations and supporters. In 1998 the remaining two wings have been started to be built. On the three floors of this part, the assembly hall, a chapel, a pastor’s flat, offices and negotiating rooms, the periodical reading room, the film club and the Jazzland have found their places. The unusual superstructure meant a huge challenge for the contractors. Such an example is the roof structure of the chapel which has the shape of a ship’s body and which took more months to be completed. Their experiences gained in these tasks have helped them later a lot. The team, which was working here has created a building firm called Posticum Ltd.
The end of the work was the completion of the garden around the building of Posticum. Posticum was consecrated by Bishop Excellency József Tempfli as the closing accord of Varadinum Festival and was given to its destiny by him.
The idea to increase the capacity of the guesthouse came up in 2005. The first drafts of the plans were drawn by the students of the Lichtenstein University in 2007 within the framework of a summer workshop. Out of these drafts, the one from Aline Müller has won the heart of Posticum. After finishing the drafts, the building started in the beginning of 2010 (the photos about the different phases of the building can be seen on this link: http://anbauposticum2010.blogspot.ch/). The new building occupied the place of the old priests’ house. The interior was designed by Costea Constantin, a painter from Oradea.