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Budapest, Hungary 2008. invited competition

address: Őrmező, Budapest Hungary
client: Futureal
year designed: 2008
status: invited international competition
volume: 120000 m2
design: sporaarchitects - Tibor Dékány, Sándor Finta, Ádám Hatvani, Orsolya Vadász
Zsuzsa Balogh, Sándor Agyagasi, Noémi Soltész, Diana Molnár, video: Zsolt Erő

The area situated between Kelenföld Railway Station and Motorway M1, M7 will witness considerable development in the near future due to the infrastructure investments in the surroundings: Metro Line 4, intermodal node of the railway system, road developments, bus station, P+R parking system. After the development, construction of the area, several tens of thousands of people will frequent this area, and thus a new district will emerge with living spaces, streets green areas and various buildings.
In addition, this area is one of the most suitable spaces in Budapest for the construction of high-rise buildings. Due to its proper infrastructure and good visual location, for those coming to Budapest by car, it is the first constructed urban sight, indeed western gate of the city. For our office, it has been a great challenge of general architectural and urban design to prepare a development concept in relation of this important gate of Budapest. In this area being currently underdeveloped with a lack of a character, but featuring good potentials, a novel district of a unique character may emerge with brave architectural elements to offer a special atmosphere, impression for the visitors of the city.
The basic structure of our plan relies on analogies of growing cities and natural formations, textures. The structures, space, streets of growing cities are linked to each other similarly to organic and inartificial natural formations, phenomena – e.g. cracks in clay, plant tissues, material structures, textures. This system, basic structure, raster can be freely handled, is easy to tune to the functional demands of the area, its main transportation routes, the necessary cross-views, sight, it offers a special atmosphere, creates varied, urban spaces. In addition to the urban scale and spatial arrangements, this structure is also reflected in the other details of the buildings. The above-described organic structure will again be reflected on the facades of the buildings in more contact or looser or invented forms.
The southern sides will feature denser, more compact surfaces for shading, while the northern side will be looser with a lot of glass surfaces. The façade structures of the 100 meter towers will be the most airy with glass divisions, while in the southern side the more plastic shading raster will be combined with solar collectors. The pollings of the block-type buildings will be perceived as a kind of erosion. The negative spaces of these pollings may be the covered terraces of the cafés, restaurants linked to the public spaces, the through paths of the larger office blocks, the insights and overview, the roof gardens on the intermediate floors of the tower blocks, as well as the community spaces and green islands.