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UNIQA Budapest : Hungary Offices Building

Hungarian Offices Development – design by Ferdinand and Ferdinand Architects

30 Jul 2010

UNIQA Budapest

Architect: Ferdinand and Ferdinand Architects

Photographs: Istvan Oravecz

UNIQA VITAL BUSINESS CENTER BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Architekt: Ferdinand and Ferdinand Architects

The new head office is located close to the previous one at the junction of two important traffic arteries in District XIII, Lehel út and Róbert Károly körút. The office building constructed by property developer Raiffeisen Evolution in 22 months, named the Vital Business Centre, has net usable floor space of 18,000 square metres. “That means it is of a similar size to the Austrian foreign ministry,”.

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The nine-storey building houses all of UNIQA’s divisions, while 40% of the usable floor space will be let to other companies. Companies renting the space so far include a pharmacy and a diagnostics centre.

While designing the building the architect was guided by the principle of transparency. “Transparency is one of the cornerstones of UNIQA’s business philosophy, and is conveyed in the Vital Business Centre by many glass surfaces and expansive rooms,”

Lighting up the night

A distinctive feature of the building is its LED facade, allowing colourful images and messages to be displayed on the street-facing side of the office building every evening. Although the idea is not new, it is unique in its scale: with some 80,000 pixels the Vital Business Centre currently boasts Europe’s largest LED facade.

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Design intentions

The new head office is located close to the previous one at the junction of two important traffic arteries in District XIII, Lehel út and Róbert Károly körút. The office building constructed by property developer Raiffeisen Evolution in 22 months, named the Vital Business Centre, has net usable floor space of 18,000 square metres. That means it is of a similar size to the Austrian foreign ministry,. The nine-storey building houses all of UNIQA’s divisions, while 40% of the usable floor space will be let to other companies. Companies renting the space so far include a pharmacy and a diagnostics centre. Árpád Ferdinánd explained that while designing the building he was guided by the principle of transparency. Transparency is one of the cornerstones of UNIQA’s business philosophy, and is conveyed in the Vital Business Centre by many glass surfaces and expansive rooms, the architect said. Lighting up the night A distinctive feature of the building is its LED facade, allowing colourful images and messages to be displayed on the street-facing side of the office building every evening. Although the idea is not new, it is unique in its scale: with some 80,000 pixels the Vital Business Centre currently boasts Europe’s largest LED facade.

UNIQA Budapest Offices – Building Information

Client: UNIQA-INVEST
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Total Area: 32,500 m2
Project team: Arpad Ferdinand, Csaba Ferdinand
Structure: Zsolt Balogh
Electrical: Yurosignal
Landscape design: Kati Zentai
General contractor: RE project development
Design phase: 2007-08
Construction Phase: 2007-09

Number of stories: 11
Site size: 10,500 m2
Site type: urban
Building area: 32,600 m2
Budget total: 38,000,000 USD

Project team
Arpad Ferdinand Csaba Ferdinand


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