City Hall Budapest

City Hall Budapest

Architect
(designed by) Erick van Egeraat
Location
Budapest, Hungary
Project Year
2013
Category
City Halls

City Hall Budapest

(designed by) Erick van Egeraat as Architects

Erick van Egeraats’ design for the new City Hall complex for Budapest Combines restoration of the existing, but never completed 18th century baroque building with new, futuristic wings to create a contemporary Forum. It integrates the site into the existing 19th century city fabric by mirroring the mixture of functions that characterizes urban planning of that time. Once completed, the City Hall complex will act as a micro-city, offering virtually every city function and revitalizing the entire area. The Cultural Forum is strategically located in the centre of the complex and will offer a broad program. It incorporates a multifunctional area which can host conferences, exhibitions, concerts and theatre performances. Retail, cafés, restaurants and a boutique hotel are included in the project, integrating it into the surrounding existing facilities and stimulating traffic through the Forum where pedestrian flow from the boulevard to the river Danube will be re-opened. At ground floor level, the complex will be entirely accessible to the public with four open courtyards recalling the layout of the complex as it was originally intended. The historic and contemporary baroque of the existing building and new extension complement and emphasize each other, connecting the past and the future and ensuring the relationship with the surrounding townscape.

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