Along with Moszkva square, Móricz Zsigmond circus is a very busy public transportation junction, located in south Buda. With a round art relic in its middle – the Gomba (meaning mushroom because of its form) is a popular public space for people to meet, with several trams and buses intersecting, along with the Budapest Metro – subway line 4, presently under construction. The concept by Hetedik Műterem Ltd. was to treat the art relic of József Schall (from 1942) with proper respect but determined courage. At the same time, they redefined the currently closed space structure, to put forward and intensify the presence of the urban public space. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Inspired by the spirit of the place and our time, the first prize winning concept by SAGRA Architects creates a place that is rooted in the original structure of the square but still up-to date. Aiming to strengthen the connections of the square to its surroundings, their main ambitions were to balance the historical and modern elements and connect the existing and new elements of the square in harmony. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Barnabas Laris and Adam Vesztergom, in collaboration with Borbala Gyure, Csenge Csontos, Nora Kohalmy and Mark Antal, recently won the first prize in the Main Square of Ujpalota competition for their project, ‘Urban Meadow.’ The forum or main square of Újpalota, which is the second largest micro district of Budapest, is situated exactly in the center of this residential area, at the junction of the main roads. Most inhabitants of this housing estate cross this square day after day. This town square, however, does not have a view which is framed by public buildings. Therefore, a new community building can achieve a remarkable public function as well as a space-forming effect, simultaneously placed moderately as its volume is more solid than the ones of the commercial buildings. More images and their description after the break.
Hungary based studio Atelier Architects recently received a special mention for their Artist’s Colony Market design in a “market of the future” competition organized by Spanish architectural network Opengap. Details of the competition can be seen HERE and additional images and a description of Atelier Architects proposal can be found after the break.
Budapest’s new metro line includes ten stations and will connect South Budapest to the center city. Located on the Danube river and currently under construction, Fővám tér Station is part of the first phase of this project. Only a complex structural system could fulfil the requirements emerging from the proximity of the Danube and the given construction site. For that reason, Fővám tér Station station is composed of a cut-and-cover box and tunnels. The complexity of the structure is driven by the need for a new tunnels for the tramline and pedestrians. This new underground station will become a gateway to the historic downtown of Budapest.
Renderings, drawings, and photographs following the break.
Architects: Spora Architects Ltd
Location: Quay of River Danube, Budapest, Hungary
Lead Designers: Tibor Dékány, Sándor Finta, Ádám Hatvani, Orsolya Vadász
Project Team: Zsuzsa Balogh, Attilla Korompay, Bence Várhidi, Noémi Soltész, András Jánosi, Diána Molnár
General Design: Palatium Studió Kft
Project Area: 7,100 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2012
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky
Design studio: PLANT – Atelier Peter Kis
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Project team members: Peter Kis, Csaba Valkai, Ivett Tarr, János Sarusi Kis, Tamás Ükös, Gábor Balázsa, Gábor Divinyi, Barbora Tuckova
Client: Budapest Józsefváros Municipality
Project area: 1,218 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2007
Photographs: Zsolt Batár, Szabó Sándor MTI Foto, Dániel Németh, Joost van Beek