Location Budapest, 7th district
Client IDPM Consultant Ltd.
Floor area ca. 47 000 m2
General designer MCXVI Architects
Leading architect designer László Herczeg, Katalin Csaba
Architect designers Gergely Galántai, Fruzsina Mezei, Zsófia Paál
Status International Design Competition
Project year 2020

Our goal was to create a new sustainable urban environment in a finalized architectural environment, beside planning changes in a proportionate and balanced way, utilizing historical values. We have found three areas with different characteristics at the site. During the design process we continued to take these characteristics into consideration.

I. URBAN – The area of the former wain house and BKV transformer. The basic structure stated earlier has been continued with adding new buildings and extensions along the axis of the existing promenade.

II. GREEN – The area of the former dairy distribution building under Nr 31, Rottenbiller. Demolishing the industrial buildings except the building facing the street allows us to place new buildings with large green surfaces and park between the constructed areas.

III. HERITAGE – The former seed trading site located under Nr 33. Rottenbiller Street. Here we mainly operated with the existing building stock and added a new building, so nearly condensed to the density limit. The transition zone between the volumes is covered with a glass roof that creates a sense of interior space.

The dense arrangement in one area provided an opportunity to create a more airy arrangement of buildings in the other area, and above all, to create a continuous park there. We ensure connections between the three areas partly by the arrangement of buildings and partly by adding new openings.

We planned many kind of functions and different building arrangements, yet we were looking for a certain material that would connect and kind of unify them, moreover give a character and a brand to this district. The use of brick was an obvious choice. The industrial buildings of the XIX th century were made with raw brick facades in the city, and so were here. It appears on many residential buildings of that period, often along with plaster.  Durable and timeless material gives many kind of architectural and detailing possibilities and provides an opportunity to fine-tune individually the certain buildings.