RC - Budapest, City Hall

Short description: 

The building which now hosts the buildings of the Budapest Municipality was originally planned to be a hospital, later it worked as military barracks. Since Budapest Municipality owns it it was adopted and enlarged many times. Amongs others new office buildings, theater, fire station and a bazaar with many little shops were building during time. Due to the central location of the site, there were many plans for the renewal of the block in last few years.
Presently the aim is to create a center of mixed functions: agora, cultural functions (concert hall, exhibitions etc., hotel, retail trade centre, offices and car park facilities) are all considered as desirable functions. 
Planning process became rather complex in the last few years, and need for an international architectural competition was expressed. The tender will be announced in the coming years. The neighbouring areas (Boulevard, Madách square etc) will be also involved in the development. All of the tender dossiers will be considered, and there will be no one single winner. One common draft plan will be elaborated, and for the implementation a tender for investors will be announced.
As all of these sessions take time, a temporary utilization looked desirable (for the time being). The old bazaar buildings were demolished this summer, and a new, temporary park has been opened just in these days -together with the opening ceremony of the Budapest Autumn Festival.

Central Hungary




Type(s) of MILU
Interweaving: use of the same space for different functions.


RED - the urban fabric and its infrastructure.
BLUE - water-systems and water related issues.


Planning and design:


Lessons learned
While questions at planning become rather complex and massy, sometimes it looks practical to think about contemporary solutions. Final measurements may come only long years later. 

Cultural functions (exhibitions, festivals etc.) can give vitality to new places from the very first moment. They help to "advert" the new public places.

Competition for architects can give useful ideas for the final solution.

The final plan may use not only one tender plan, but many ideas from the different dossiers together. Thus the final outcome can unify the best ideas of the architects.