Grimshaw Chosen to Design Budapest’s New Nyugati Railway Station
Grimshaw, in collaboration with Nautes Architects, WSP, Vogt and Turner & Townsend, have been awarded first place in an nameless competitors for the renewal of Budapest Nyugati Railway Station. Chosen from a shortlist of 12 worldwide design companies, the profitable design creates a “permeable station campus” with a sequence of car-free streets, walkways, public squares and a park, which open up the station advanced to the town and restores its significance as one of the vibrant and historic cities in Europe.
The competitors requested the individuals to “improve the capability of the prevailing station, protect the heritage of the Eiffel Corridor, and join the station to the town by injecting a ‘new lease of life’ to the encompassing space”. Grimshaw’s profitable entry was recommended for its capability to create clear, open, permeable, human-scale areas that present advanced connections via logical strains. The proposed masterplan integrates new pedestrian routes throughout the location and the underground station, and connects Lehel Tér within the west to Kodály Körönd within the east to a brand new boulevard, rising above the railway by way of a brand new bridge. The japanese and western sides of the location are linked by a bridge spanning centrally over the floor station, connecting folks to numerous public, industrial, and residential websites across the station.
To additional defend and have fun the town’s historic Eiffel Corridor, the construction is built-in with new subsurface station and surrounding panorama, and makes use of pure materials to additional join the station to its metropolis environment. The masterplan repositions the culturally-significant constructing as a pedestrian public corridor that celebrates the “grandeur of arrival and departure from Budapest” by integrating new entrance porticos to the east and west flank elevations, in addition to incorporating cafés, a meals corridor, and bookshop on the floor stage.
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In direction of the north-east of the Eiffel Corridor, a brand new station arcade highlights the railway’s engineering with a protracted span roof construction hovering over the station, serving as a brand new entrance to the station on Podmaniczky Utca. Openings between the degrees of the brand new station arcade and the Eiffel Corridor enable for a flood of pure mild all through the underground areas.
Central to our design idea is guardianship of heritage, adaptive reuse and humanizing of the passenger journey. The strategy developed via a collaboration of our London and Sydney studios and with native and worldwide consultants, is one which protects and preserves the heritage of Nyugati Station and locations its twenty first century life firmly within the aesthetic of a civic area. Journey for passengers will little doubt be enhanced, however in parallel a brand new, revived vacation spot for this stunning, historic metropolis will likely be created. We’re extremely honoured to be chosen because the winners of the competitors and look ahead to working with the Budapest Improvement Company to ship the design and development of the station within the coming years. — Mark Middleton Associate at Grimshaw
A 3.5-hectare Linear Park alongside Podmaniczky Utca sits in the direction of the southern facet of the brand new station arcade, housing public facilities comparable to a soccer pitch and canine park. Following an strategy of adaptive reuse of current buildings, the Motor Corridor inside the park is restored, with an possibility of being reused as a cultural and leisure facility. In direction of the west of the Linear Park, a brand new revitalized station sq. pushes vehicles to the periphery of the location, permitting for micro mobility throughout the station campus.