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Niczky Apartment / Béres Architects

first_img Attila Béres, Jusztina Balázs Photographs Houses Photographs:  Tamás Bujnovszky Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Lead Architects: Architects: Béres Architects Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Niczky Apartment / Béres Architects Client And Builder:Attila HidegCity:KőszegCountry:HungaryMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyRecommended ProductsDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. Only a few years have passed by since Béres Architects designed its first realized projekt, the Hideg house in Kőszeg, Hungary. The client, Attila Hideg recently found another interesting property where he intended to create something unusual in a medieval context. As he explains „The apartment in the nearly 400-year-old building needed a thorough renovation after most of its values were damaged or hidden during the last reconstruction works in the 1980’s. We had to virtually step back in time to recall and save the values of the house”Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkySave this picture!Elevation / Section 01The medieval oldtown of Kőszeg is unique and famous for its intergrity and charming atmosphere. The castle and fortification of the Jurisic family has an extremely interesting history. The most memorable date is 1532 when the Turkish army attacked the town. We found the latest information on the property from the years right after the battle. The house had been built right on top of the outer wall of the moat. Parts of this structure is still visible and exposed on the exterior of the building. A small wine cellar and the rooms of the upper floor were added to the house some time before 1684. In the 18th century the Niczky family bought the property and rented out the small apartment facing the castle for travelling artist and merchants.Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyAt the renovation of the apartment the main goal was to convert the unit into a guest house again. „We intended to stay away from the rigidity of regular apartment plans and to re-create the lightness and elegance of a hotel suite or a guest house we designed a relatively open plan. By using simple solutions we aimed to create clean and worthy spaces that reflect and highlight the history of the context.”Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyThe arrangement of spaces within the apartment is somewhat unusual. Most of the basement is opened to the small private garden. It acts as a filter space between inside and outside combining various functions for all four seasons such as a wine cellar, relaxation space, sauna and storage. At arrival, visitors immediately experience the ancient walls and the heavy vaults that tell stories about the history of the house and the castle district.Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyThe upper floor consists of 3 main spaces. Framed by the given envelope of the exterior walls, the apartment is divided into a living room-bedroom area, a kitchen-dining area and a bathroom. There are no partition walls or interior doors to separate these spaces. The visual links between the rooms and even the exterior create some sort of classical elegance.Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyEven though the apartment is situated on the north end of the building, it has windows to three different directions. The surrounding national monuments, churches and fortification walls reflect light into the rooms in unexpected and interesting ways.Save this picture!Elevation / Section 04„The essence of the climate of the space is given by the centuries-old restored stone walls. Everything else is secondary and helps to highlight the real values,” explains architect Attila Béres the thoughts behind the architectural concept. The walls become younger as they rise. Every layer has a story about the past – the Turkish siege, the great fire and periods of resurgence. They carry marks of craftmanship quality or even necessity.Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyMost of the new surfaces are white, moderate and simple. The oiled larch boards of the flooring return as decorative parts of the built-in furniture. „We used small and simple signs and gestures to link the elements of the space. We defined clear but not harsh boundaries between old and new parts. Silent tones,” says Attila Béres.Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyThe architect describes the process as uplifting and special. „We knew that the worth of the building is hiding behind the layers of plaster. Together with Attila Hideg we kept updating and re-evaluating our thoughts along the phases of the design and construction to get the best result. It is almost impossible to compare this method with the evolution of the design of a newbuilt house. A tricky and interesting field for us to test how we behave outside our architectural comfort zone.”Save this picture!© Tamás BujnovszkyProject gallerySee allShow lessHomestead Diemen / Marcel Lok ArchitectSelected ProjectsDelta Galil / Auerbach Halevy ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Area:  75 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses, Refurbishment•Kőszeg, Hungary “COPY”center_img 2017 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889153/niczky-apartment-beres-architects Clipboard Manufacturers: Baumit, Siemens, DPS, Edilkamin, Falco “COPY” Niczky Apartment / Béres ArchitectsSave this projectSaveNiczky Apartment / Béres ArchitectsSave this picture!© Tamás Bujnovszky+ 58Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889153/niczky-apartment-beres-architects Clipboard Hungary CopyAbout this officeBéres ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentKoszegKőszegHungaryPublished on March 13, 2018Cite: “Niczky Apartment / Béres Architects” 13 Mar 2018. 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New threats to press freedom in Yemen

first_img Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by a new wave of threats and acts of intimidation against journalists in Yemen. The political class seems to have no qualms about using violence against journalists who write about corruption or embezzlement. Utterly illegal and arbitrary arrests are becoming commonplace.“The situation is becoming more and more worrying again after the encouraging signs in May when the authorities dropped proceedings against 33 journalists on the 20th anniversary of Yemen’s reunification,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We fear that Yemen is now entering a few phase of violence against media that dare to criticise the policies imposed by the government.”Politicians who cannot take criticismThe home of Mohamed Al-Shaarbi, the editor of the weekly Al-Diyar, was fired on during the night of 12 July. It was the eighth time his home has been targeted in this fashion. Al-Shaarbi has often criticised the governor of Taez in his articles.A journalist who works for Al-Diyar, Mohamed Al-Moqri, was arrested, on 4 July in front of a kiosk where the newspaper is sold. The police held him for 24 hours and, during interrogation, tried to pressure him to stop writing.Several of the newspaper’s journalists were convicted by the court that specialises in press offences before the charges were withdrawn at the start of June (http://en.rsf.org/yemen-special-court-abandons-cases-10-06-2010,37716.html). Al-Diyar was one of eight publications that were suspended by the information ministry in May 2009 for “separatism” (http://en.rsf.org/yemen-major-crackdown-on-independent-05-05-2009,32909.html).Majid Karout, a reporter for the Al-Masdar Online website, was threatened and insulted by Al-Bayda governor Mohamed Nasser Al-Amiry during the presentation of a diploma on 11 July. Karout had written several articles criticising the governor that implicated him in alleged corruption cases.The governor previously threatened Hossein Al-Leswas, the former editor of the Sanaa Press (http://sanaapress.net/) website and owner of the newspaper Al-Tajdid, who was given a one-year jail sentence by the Sanaa court responsible for trying press and publication offences (http://en.rsf.org/yemen-two-journalists-released-but-11-05-2010,37433.html).Arbitrary arrests and violenceAref Al-Sammay, a journalist who writes for the Socialist Party newspaper Al-Thawry, was accosted by three men as he left his office in Sanaa on 26 July. Identifying themselves as members of the security forces, they took his mobile phone, money and watch and then gave him a beating. He finally managed to escape.Abdullah Shae, a journalist who writes about Al-Qaeda and terrorism for a Yemeni news agency Saba, was kidnapped by eight gunmen on a Sanaa street on the night of 12 July and was taken, handcuffed and blindfolded, to the headquarters of the state security police where he was physically mistreated and was hit in the face before being freed several hours later.Ahmed Al-Ramay, the editor of the government newspaper Al-Mithaq net, received an SMS message on 8 July threatening him with kidnapping and death. Similar threats were made against members of his family, who have had to restrict their movement. Al-Ramay has asked the authorities to provide him with protection. News Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months Organisation News YemenMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Yemen to go further YemenMiddle East – North Africa center_img News Help by sharing this information United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF February 26, 2021 Find out more RSF_en February 11, 2021 Find out more Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions August 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New threats to press freedom in Yemen January 6, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Global recession not as deep as expected: OECD

first_imgTopics : The global recession this year will not be as deep as expected as a result of countries’ efforts to counter the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the OECD said on Wednesday.But the recovery next year will also be more modest than anticipated, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said, projecting a contraction of 4.5 percent in global economic output this year and a return to growth of roughly 5.0 percent in 2021.In its previous set of forecasts in June, the Paris-based OECD had been expecting the global economy to shrink by 6.0 percent in 2020 and return to growth of 5.2 percent next year.  Prompt and effective action Global trade collapsed, declining by over 15 percent in the first half of 2020, and labor markets were severely disrupted by reductions in working hours, job losses and the enforced shutdown of businesses. “Without the prompt and effective policy support introduced in all economies to cushion the impact of the shock on household incomes and companies, the contraction in output and employment would have been substantially larger,” it said.Looking at individual economies, China was expected to be the only one to expand in 2020, with projected growth of 1.8 percent. India, on the other hand, would see its economy shrink by 10.2 percent.The United States, the world’s biggest economy, would fare better than the global average, with a projected contraction of 3.8 percent this year. Germany would perform better than the eurozone as a whole, with its economy set to shrink by 5.4 percent, compared with a contraction of 7.9 percent for the single currency area.The French economy was set to shrink by 9.5 percent, Italy’s by 10.5 percent and Britain’s by 10.1 percent, the OECD predicted.Future growth prospects would depend on factors including the severity of new virus outbreaks, the type of restrictions imposed, vaccine deployment and the effects of fiscal and monetary policy actions on demand, the OECD said.center_img “After the initial bounce-back in many activities following the easing of confinement measures, there are some signs from high-frequency indicators and business surveys that the pace of the global recovery has lost momentum since June, particularly in many advanced economies,” the OECD said.It pointed out, however, that “the economic outlook remains exceptionally uncertain, with the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to exert a substantial toll on economies and societies”.In the second quarter of 2020, global output more than 10 percent lower than at the end of 2019, “an unprecedented sudden shock in modern times”, the OECD said.The extent and timing of the pandemic shock differed across the major economies, but all experienced a sharp contraction in activity as necessary containment measures were implemented. last_img read more

Trustly Live: Bringing instant cashless payments to land-based gaming

first_img Svenska Spel delivers major venue upgrade by going cashless with IGTPay  May 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Land-based casinos can now offer cashless payments for casino chips in under a minute through Trustly Live, a brand new solution for land-based operators launched at this week’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas. We spoke to Samuel Barrett, Trustly’s Director of Gaming, to find out more. SBC Can you give us a brief bit of history behind the development of Trustly Live?SB: At Trustly, we have — for more than a decade now — been developing innovative products that make it fast, simple and secure to pay online.Still, despite its significant size, the online sector is some way short of its land-based counterpart for total revenues. It is this scale of opportunity, combined with increased levels of consolidation and a slowdown of new gaming licences issued on the online side, that has inspired our own interest in the land-based gaming business. The result is Trustly Live, our brand new solution bringing instant cashless payments to land-based gaming.SBC: Can you walk us through the process of depositing through Trustly Live?SB: When you pull out your mobile phone, you open your camera and hold it over a static QR code; this could be on a casino membership card, cashier desk or even printed on to the blackjack or roulette table. This then launches the browser on your phone, where you are asked to log into your online bank via a secure connection and complete a deposit using Trustly’s standard flow. At this point, you generate your own code, which effectively becomes your voucher for the casino chips.You then tell the croupier or cashier that you’ve made a deposit and they will ask you to confirm your code and deposit amount, before giving you the chips. All of this can be done in under a minute.It’s important to note that when the croupier or cashier clicks on your name to check your deposit, they will be able to see all your relevant KYC information. They will even see a ‘red flag’ if you have self-excluded from gambling and return your money instantly. It’s just as simple when it comes to withdrawals, too. Confirm your code, one click and your winnings are back in your account, with no payout limits. No app and no credit cards, either; all you need is your mobile phone and access to your online bank.SBC: Why is now the right time to make your move in the land-based gaming space?SB: Increasingly, consumers are using less cash in their everyday lives, and Trustly Live is our innovation to help land-based operators keep up with this changing consumer behaviour. On top of that, it helps the industry move towards a more omnichannel experience in which players move seamlessly from offline to online or vice versa.Up until now, much of the focus has been on e-wallets. The issue is, though, once you have spent all the money in your wallet, you still have to go through the process of topping up.This is where Trustly Live comes in; it lets players make instant deposits and withdrawals directly from their online bank account in a land-based establishment, meaning they don’t need to constantly top up accounts, carry wads of cash, or play on credit. For operators, our cashless solution limits anti-money laundering (AML) risk, improves compliance with KYC regulations and delivers an omnichannel view of each player for the operator.SBC: Are there any companies that have tried something similar?SB: One of the most prominent examples is International Game Technology (IGT) launching its bluetooth-driven Cardless Connect technology, which allows players to tap their smartphones on a slot machine card reader. The phone then connects the player just as a physical loyalty card would. The Trustly solution takes this further by removing the need to download an app, and by extending the QR code technology across the whole casino floor.SBC: What are the key advantages of going ‘cashless’ for the casino?SB: Credit cards, debit cards, e-wallets, invoices and cash-on-delivery are all middlemen levying fees, debt and interest for the simple task of moving money from one person to another. For example, cash handling, which should be a free commodity to receive, can typically cost up to 5% for a business. Trustly Live, by contrast, takes away these ‘middlemen,’ easing the hit on the casino’s bottom line. It also gives them money that is digitally tracked and from a clear source of funds so no illegal cash flow can be laundered through the casino. SBC: How can you use your existing relationships to strike the right deals?SB: We are approaching this more as an exciting way to extend our client pool and reach even more markets. But, obviously, if we’ve done a good job online, our payment methods will be more easily adopted for the offline environment. We have seen this with partnerships like Cherry who work with us across Sweden in online and land-based. It’s also true that in many markets, you need a land-based presence to get an online licence. So there is a clear cross-sell opportunity for us given the success of our online products.An example of a new partnership we’ve done on the offline side is with CountR, one of the leading developers for cash handling and cash management for casinos worldwide.We have, therefore, developed a second QR code for the deposit process detailed above — one for the tables and cash desk and the other for gaming machines in the casino. The only difference is that the machine itself uses the individual code provided by the player to pull up the relevant KYC checks before authorising the funds. By integrating with TITO and CRT Terminals we can give players the opportunity to fund slots machines digitally.SBC: Finally, how easy is the integration process for the casino?SB: The beauty of this is that no real integration is required from a technical perspective. All that the operator needs is an app from Trustly to access the code details/KYC checks to verify a player’s source of funds.Trustly Live also has less concerns from a responsible gambling point of view, given the reduced AML risk, the connection to self-exclusion registries and the tools to send unclaimed money back after 20 hours, in case a player has generated a code but has not been into the casino. Although this is fairly low tech when it comes to integration, the real work from the operator will be in the implementation across their current processes and policies to ensure they can maximise the great features the product delivers.If you’re interested in learning how your casino can go cashless with Trustly Live, don’t hesitate to reach out! Share Submit Related Articles IGT sanctions capped $300m senior debt note sale June 9, 2020 Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020last_img read more