Hidden in Budapest’s 9th district lies the Kelenföld Power Station. Built in 1912, after few years it became Hungary’s largest coal power plant and one the most advanced in Central Europe.
The plant experienced several extensions and additions. The most impressive was its unique art-deco control room, completed in 1929, which became a providential bunker during World War II. By some miracle, the power station survived unscathed all the bombing. Still, it could not avoid the inevitable decline, which led to the main plant shut down in 2006.
Kálmán Reichl and Virgil Borbíro’s design masterpiece is now a protected industrial heritage site, occasionally opened to tourists.