The Zánkai camp has been running since 1972 and has helped nearly 3,000 children camp every year. This decades-long story was given a new chapter in 2019 when it underwent a major renovation and modernisation. The original complex was a fully autonomous town with its own post office, a port on Lake Balaton, library, camp museum, offices for various administrative and service functions, hairdressing salon and railway station, water tower and sewage treatment plant.
The renovated camp reopened to children in the summer of 2021 under the name of Elizabeth Camps. It is Hungary’s largest camp programme, open to Hungarian-speaking children living beyond its borders. It has an intake capacity of 3,350 children and an ideal staff of 300.
The DVM group’s renovation project was designed with the unity of the buildings’ architectural style of the 1970s in mind, but with the use of the most modern materials and technologies.
Written by Anna Zöldi in OCTOGON architecture&design magazine: http://www.octogon.hu/epiteszet/atszinezett-hetvenes-evek/