The development site is situated in one of the most promising areas of Budapest. Terminus of metro line 4 and planned intermodal train station transform their environment into an urbanistically significant transport hub. Besides the unique transport and infrastructural services, the main attraction of the site is the 700,000 sqm of development area (offices, services, commerce, transport, culture etc.)
Current market environment and client needs resulted in a building which is seeking to exploit the potential of the site and reacts in a sensitive way to the surrounding built environment and effects. Our aim was to plan an office building which can become an iconic element of Budapest’s western gate.
Ground floor contour of the building was formed according to the current and planned flow of pedestrians.
To encourage active use of the garden we have lowered some of the office building’s interior functions to the -1 floor, thus creating a two-storey public space. Therefore the lower level is protected from environmental impacts and thus an extraordinary spatial experience can be enjoyed.
Sustainability was an extremely important aspect. The volume of the building was refined according to the needs of sun exposure, the comfort of the inner garden and flow technics.
To achieve 21st century work environment and social sustainability, we have implemented Activity Based Next Office methodology. As a result the required area per person could have been reduced in a significant proportion.