Nearly a century after Hungarian-Slovak architect László Hudec stamped his identity on Shanghai, a Hungarian photographer, Nicky Almasy collected his impressions of Hudec’s buildings in a book.
The photo album, entitled Hudec, presents the results of “a meeting between a unique person and a unique city”, István Íjgyártó, Minister of State for Cultural and Science Diplomacy said at a book presentation event in Budapest.
Hudec was 25 years old when he arrived in Shanghai in 1918 to escape World War I. For the next decades, he went about giving a shape to the city with nearly 100 buildings.
Photographer Nicky Almasy said he prepared the album with the help of documents of all the surviving buildings by Hudec in Shanghai from the archives of Hungary’s Foreign Ministry.
The album was issued by the Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai and it includes not only hundreds of pictures of Hudec’s buildings, but also explanations of the master architect’s works in Chinese, Hungarian and English.
37 of Hudec’s buildings still stand in the city, many of which are now recognized as “excellent historical buildings of Shanghai” by the local government.
Hudec’s masterpiece is usually considered to be the 22-story Park Hotel Shanghai, on Nanjing Road across from People’s Square. Built in 1934, it was the tallest building in the city until the 1980s, and is still a local landmark.
via MTI, shine.cn
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