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Budapest City Hall Hungary : Erick van Egeraat Design
Hungarian Architecture – design by Erick van Egeraat
page updated 1 Aug 2016 ; 5 Nov 2008
Budapest City Hall Building
Erick van Egeraat builds new City Hall for Budapest
Rotterdam, 31 October 2008 – Erick van Egeraat has won the international competition to design the City Hall in the centre of Budapest. From a field of 18 participants, an international professional jury selected his proposal, which combines restoration of the existing 18th century baroque building and new, futuristic wings to create a contemporary Main Square. This proposal makes an end to a period of almost three centuries of uncertainties at this unique plot in the Heart of Budapest.
In accordance with the objectives of the competition, this new City Hall, with its open courtyards and flexibility of use, will reflect transparency and democracy, will act as a Forum for the people of Budapest and will attract tourists. It will at once re-introduce pedestrian flow from the boulevard to the river Danube and offer a spectacular view of the city from the platform on top of the entrance gate. “This project provides a unique opportunity to both boost the economy of the city of Budapest and create an attractive new city centre for all”, says Erick van Egeraat.
Erick van Egeraat’s design is based on combining three distinct functions: culture, commerce and administration. It proposes direct access to the underground station, where the old city walls are excavated and on display. At ground floor level, the building is entirely open to the public and comprised of, among others, retail facilities, cafés and restaurants. The upper floors mainly host rentable offices, city offices and a design hotel.
The entire façade reflects the transition between old and new, between closed and open by forming a visual wall along the boulevard. The existing building with its closed, baroque façade is continued in a semi-open structure of organic columns, which in turn open up into a gate-like structure defining the entrance to the new complex.
The Cultural Forum is the most public space within the program and is strategically located in the centre of the complex. It incorporates a multifunctional theatre, which can be used for conference and exhibition purposes.
According to Erick van Egeraat, “the Forum acts as the connector between the past and the future, between the historical chapel space and the new building, and between the historic and the contemporary baroque to complement and emphasize each other. At the same time it interlinks all forms of culture, education, entertainment and politics.”
The new City Hall will comprise 118.000 square metres of gross floor area, 40.000 square meters of which will be newly built. The project’s completion is scheduled for 2012.
Images © (EEA) Erick van Egeraat associated architects
Budapest City Hall images / information from Erick van Egeraat 051108
Erick van Egeraat wins international competition to design a new wings for 18th century baroque building, 118,000sqm project includes offices, hotel and underground station connection. 3 Nov 2008
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Extract from Building information 4 Jan 2007 by Erick van Egeraat Architects:
The Mayor of Budapest, Mr. Gábor Demszky and the Board of Trustees of the Budapest Assembly have awarded Erick van Egeraat the “For Budapest” award in recognition of his architectural services to Budapest. To date, Erick van Egeraat is the only non-Hungarian to receive this award since its inception over 12 years ago.
The Budapest V. District Local Government together with the Association of Hungarian Architects have awarded Erick van Egeraat’s refurbishment project Deák Palota with the “Reitter Ferenc Prize 2006” in recognition of the outstanding design quality and inventive architectural design in heritage and historical environment.