ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
  1. ArchDaily
  2. News
  3. O'Donnell + Tuomey's Central European University In Budapest Breaks Ground

O'Donnell + Tuomey's Central European University In Budapest Breaks Ground

O'Donnell + Tuomey's Central European University In Budapest Breaks Ground
O'Donnell + Tuomey's Central European University In Budapest Breaks Ground, View from street. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
View from street. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University

Work has begun on O'Donnell + Tuomey's first project in Hungary. The new collection of buildings and restoration projects for the Central European University in Budapest sits within existing courtyards in a dense area of the city. Bringing a total of 35,000m² of new space to the inner-city campus, the project consists of a new library spread across five floors, an auditorium, multiple public spaces, teaching and learning facilities, study rooms, and a café.

Roof terrace. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University Internal courtyard. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University Internal courtyard. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University Lecture Hall. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University +12

In an interview with Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey on the occasion of the RIBA Gold Medal ceremony earlier this year, the Irish partnership commented on this project:

We’ve noticed that the pattern of buildings in Budapest, compared to the pattern of buildings that we’re used to in Ireland or London, is very strong and therefore very evident. The whole city has its own dimensional orbit which is not the same as what we’re used to.

Sheila went to the City Architect in Budapest at the time in which were developing our initial designs. Before introducing our project she gave a reading of the city – one that stemmed from out efforts to try to look at it very closely – but from a basis of innocence, as it were. At one point in the presentation the City Architect interrupted and said “I see you’ve fallen in love with our city!”

View from street. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
View from street. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
View from street. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
View from street. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Internal courtyard. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Internal courtyard. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Internal courtyard. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Internal courtyard. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Circulation. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Circulation. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Lecture Hall. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Lecture Hall. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Lecture Hall. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Lecture Hall. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Office. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Office. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Section. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
Section. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University

The €34million scheme spans six buildings in Budapest's historical city centre. The first phase of the scheme is set to complete in 2016.

In Conversation With Sheila O'Donnell And John Tuomey, 2015 Royal Gold Medallists

Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "O'Donnell + Tuomey's Central European University In Budapest Breaks Ground" 25 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/602063/o-donnell-tuomey-s-central-european-university-in-budapest-breaks-ground/>
Read comments