Széll Kálmán Square by építész studio

A square where the color is provided by the crowd

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▼广场空间概览,view of the square

The project was the refurbishment of one of Budapest’s busiest downtown transport hubs, and the most visited public square on the Buda side. Due to the strict order of tramlines and roads, the main architectural and landscaping goal was to clean up and rationalize the inner parts, making the square a pedestrian priority public space with as many green areas as possible, in a way that does not interfere with the transferring crowd. The placement of the resting areas, filled with shrubs, trees, fountains and benches is based on an analysis of the crowd movement, providing the shortest route for each transfer and utilizing the least loaded patches, while leaving the heavy connections empty.

▼广场根据人们的活动来布置灌木、树木、喷泉和长椅,the square is filled with shrubs, trees, fountains and benches according to crowd movement

▼广场中的休息区,resting area at the square

▼设计布局为人们提供便捷的转乘路线,the design provides the shortest route for each transfer


A total reconstruction meant the demolition of old soviet-era bus stops, commercial pavilions and the old tramlines crossing and dividing the square. The only exception was the fan shaped metro station, which was engineered in the 70’s, but got crowded during the decades with small shops blocking transparency from all sides. This iconic building opened up, and became a transparent meeting point. The new constructions – the service buildings and tram stops – follow the raw materiality of the metro station, in a square where the color is provided by the crowd rather than the architecture.

▼保留的扇形地铁站成为透明的汇聚点,the fan shaped metro station becomes a transparent meeting point

▼广场中新建的服务建筑,new constructed service buildings

▼服务建筑使用了与地铁站相同的材料,service buildings used same materials as the metro station

▼电车车站,tram stop

▼电车车站材料与广场内建筑保持一致,the materials used in the tram stop remain the same as other buildings

▼地铁站内部,interior of the metro station

▼电车车站夜景,night scene of the tram stop

▼广场中的喷泉夜景,night scene of fountain at the square

▼广场夜景,night scene of the square

▼场地平面图,site plan

▼地铁站平面,metro station plan

▼服务建筑平面,service building plan

▼服务建筑立面,service building facade

▼地铁站剖面,metro station section

Open competition 1st prize – 2012
Construction – 2015 – 2016
Architecture and landscape: Építész Stúdió + Lépték-Terv
Építész Stúdió: Tamás Fialovszky  Richárd Hőnich  Benedek Sólyom  Gergely Kenéz  Gergő Jedlicska
Lépték-Terv: Barnabás Szakács  Sándor Liziczai
Concrete reliefs: Szövetség’39   Anna Baróthy  Zsófia Bakó  Bálint Tóth
Photography: Gergely Kenéz
Project size: 22000 sqm
Completion date: 2016

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