The transformer station at Lilom Street has been built in 1909. It has the industrial characteristic of Art Noveau creations. The building that has been more than 40 years abandoned was occupied in 1991 by the French Resonance Group, which opened the house to the alternative audience. Performances, concerts and performances followed each other one summer and then worked for a while as the house contained. The Municipality of Budapest bought the building from remaining money of the not settled Expo and the iconic Andrássy út Young Artists’ Club (FMK), converted to a successor of the present age appropiate, multi-functional, well equipped, contemporary art center.
Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts opened its doors in 1998 during the Budapest Autumn Festival with an Yvette Bozsik’s piece. The successful fusion between original Art Noveau architecture and the renovation gives the building its unique identity and ambience. The space available has been specifically designed for performers with changing needs. It is a comfortable, fully renovated building with dance studios and a stage for all night performances, multimedia shows and music events. The main hall is fit for medium size productions providing very intimate and close connection on a high raking grandstand witht he public up to 300 seats.