The local municipal authorities recently approved the ambitious design for the ‘Budapart’ neighbourhood, the largest singular urban development in Budapest for almost 30 years. ADEPT won the commission to design the new urban area with a masterplan based on a distorted grid structure with references to both historic and modern parts of the city. Construction of the first buildings have already started in the 43 ha mixed-use neighbourhood, where built property will count approximately 600.000 m2.
Located on the bank of the Danube River, the ’Budapart’ masterplan aims to create a green and human scaled neighbourhood rather than just another new modern development. The fantastic location on the waterfront, the existing characteristic landscape qualities and the close vicinity to the central city are the main attractions that each generate huge potential to make the new neighbourhood an epicenter of its own. By celebrating these attractions through a series of elaborate strategies and by meeting challenges with innovative solutions, the masterplan seeks to keep and qualify the inherent assets of the area.
‘The Danube River have always had a strong impact on Budapest’s historic, economic and cultural development. Time and wrong priorities has cut off most of the public access to the Danube and one of the aspects that the client liked about out proposal was that the plan strengthens the links along the riverfront, underlining the historic and future importance of the river. The Budapart neighborhood combines the great qualities known from the historic city with modern thinking on landscape and public attractions, something that has been limited in most of the modern urban planning in Budapest.’ Words come from responsible partner at ADEPT, Anders Lonka.
The layout of Budapest is a combination of dense development and irregular streets, of different blocks sizes and small plazas that all-in- all create a varied and charming urban fabric. The distorted grid in the masterplan for the future ’Budapart’ neighbourhood combines the qualities of a rigid urban grid with the qualities of the diverse historic city. The characteristic design of the masterplan shifts and changes the size of the blocks, creating a design that combines flexibility with a unique streetscape in a human scale.
’Budapart’ is the first singular urban development of its kind in Budapest – a lively neighbourhood with a mix of private and public functions. The plan proposes a large green ratio as key part of the identity of the neighbourhood and square meters divided almost equally between office and housing. ’Budapart’is located on the Buda side of the Danube River in the XI Újbuda district, one of Budapest’s largest living and working districts.
About the new investment and priority in Budapest, Anders Lonka explains:
‘It is a pleasure to experience how in Budapest, there is a growing focus on the positive impact of good architecture. SANAA was recently selected to design Hungary’s New National Gallery; Also BIG, Tschumi, and MVRDV was among 15 Shortlisted for Hungary’s Museum of Ethnography – in general, the public and the authorities are becoming more aware that architecture can change how we experience and live in the city. Urban planning in the time after the wall has mostly been the kind of development that makes most of the ratio between m2 and money. Of course our client was focused on the investment, but they also had a very well-defined vision of making a positive change to the future urban situation of Budapest. The Budapart neighbourhood is probably the first singular urban development of its kind in Budapest where all aspects of a good urban life were included in the preliminary planning: green ratio, quality of the public spaces, infrastructure etc.’
He finishes off by stating that the Budapart is ADEPT’s first project in Hungary and was developed in close collaboration with the client Property Market:
‘The Budapart masterplan is an interesting opportunity for us to further discuss and develop our approach to urbanism. We believe that the close relation between the city and the buildings is of vital importance to create better, smarter and more sustainable conditions and solutions in architecture.’