NEW GOVERNMENT DISTRICT
Budapest, Hungary 2007. invited competition
project: government district
address: Budapest Hungary
client: Hungarian Government
year designed: 2007
status: invited international competition
volume: 120000 m2
design: sporaarchitects - Tibor Dékány, Sándor Finta, Ádám Hatvani, Orsolya Vadász + 3H - Katalin Csillag, Zsolt Gunther
team: Bence Várhidi
The government buildings play an important role in Budapest's townscape. The buildings of the city provide a symbolic link between the transformation of society and the continuous developing of the State over the ages, while the buildings constructed as a part of the government infrastructure and the public institutions also represent the political system. The interrelation between the capital’s periodical construction and Hungarian history are a good example for this. We can say that Budapest's townscape is the history of the country's political development, told on the visual language of architecture.
The creation of the new government building complex is a symbolic act. After the government reform, it has to express the institutions’ changed relationship with the public; it has to be an interesting new member of the group of the numerous public buildings of Budapest; and it has to represent the role of the Republic of Hungary within the European Union.
The form of the new building becomes democratic by leaving out the central element, transparent by the repetitions, and the inverse bows create an atmosphere of freedom: Ministries - state reform - free structure with permutations arranged along parallel axis The form of the government building overseeing the roofs of Budapest is a democratic, unique and simple symbol that follows the building structure, adds new and interesting elements to the city’s symbolism, and at the same time, it takes its place in the historical hierarchy of the city's icons.
With the reform of the ministries and their collection in one facility, an historical transformation of the government structure takes place, therefore, when designing the building, a differentiation in height and form is required.