UNStudio Triumphs in Competition for New Budapest Bridge Over the River Danube

UNStudio, in collaboration with Buro Happold Engineering, has won an international competition for the design of a new bridge spanning the River Danube in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Their scheme will serve as a blueprint for the "Galvani Bridge" connecting South Buda and Csepel, balancing graceful aesthetics with strong performance.

The competition for the bridge was conceived with the goal of decreasing the 600,000-strong daily traffic load on existing bridges across the Danube by 40,000. As well as easing traffic congestion, the bridge is intended to embody a liveable, loveable, healthy image of 21st-century Budapest.

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The UNStudio scheme comprises a 1640-foot-long (500-meter-long) two-pylon stayed girder bridge, combining a road, tram, pedestrian and cycle crossing. The proposal seeks to act as a gateway to the city, while not impinging on its environment. By avoiding overpass structures on the off-ramp, and the fixture of lighting along gates and piers, the scheme sits elegantly in the landscape while maintaining a human-friendly scale.

It was essential that the bridge would be in harmony with Budapest - which owes much of its configuration to the surrounding landscape - and its future vision. It was also important that the bridge enables unobstructed views below and above the bridge deck. We wanted it to operate as a clear gateway to the city, like an inviting gesture of hands.
-Ben van Berkel, Founder, UNStudio

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The scheme’s pylons are crafted from steel and finished in a white sheen, creating a blank canvas activated by the ever-changing hues and colors of the natural surroundings. A 720 foot (220 meter) main-span cable system offers unobstructed views across the urban landscape while also introducing a new structural typology to the city.

West section. Image Courtesy of UN Studio
East elevation. Image Courtesy of UN Studio

Out of 17 submitted entries, a joint-second place prize was awarded to a consortium of Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner, Zaha Hadid Architects, Werner Consult and Smoltzcyk & Partner, and the consortium of Lavigne & Chéron Architects, Bureau d'Etude Greisch, Közlekedés Consulting Engineers and Geovil.

While the consortium containing Zaha Hadid Architects is responsible for the Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi, the Lavigne & Chéron Architects consortium is known for their Terenez Bridge in France.

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "UNStudio Triumphs in Competition for New Budapest Bridge Over the River Danube" 09 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/894169/un-studio-triumphs-in-competition-for-new-budapest-bridge-over-the-river-danube> ISSN 0719-8884

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