A project to house eleven ministries of the Hungarian government received the top prize of USD 100,000 and the Holcim Awards Gold 2008 trophy, for its comprehensive approach to urban renewal. The project led by Hungarian architect Peter Janesch provides energy-efficient space for government administration while at the same time revitalizing residential areas and parks and restoring an historic railway station.
Head of Jury and professor of architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Harry Gugger, commented that the project provided a win-win solution since it enables both new development and improved conditions for the existing residents in an area neglected for many years. “The project demonstrates in a convincing manner how urban renewal should be tackled in order to deliver real improvements to degraded urban areas on a sustainable basis,” he said.Media release – Showcasing sustainable buildings across Europe » más información (Spanish) »
The outstanding highlight of this project is its comprehensive approach to urban renewal. The initial driver of the project was the need for additional space to accommodate government administrative departments in the heart of Budapest. Instead of just fulﬁlling this prime purpose by another large ofﬁce complex, the project incorporates the revitalization of the adjacent historic Teréz quarter consisting mainly of housing and small businesses as well as the creation of additional public functions and parks including the upgrading of a beautiful old railway station that had been neglected for many years. In addition, a sustainable energy concept will be applied to the new administration buildings.
Due to this integral development of a previously rather disregarded urban area a win-win situation will be created: on the one hand the new ofﬁce spaces will be built according to the speciﬁc expectations of the government and the users, and on the other hand most of the inhabitants of this quarter will stay in their former but upgraded living environment and will beneﬁt from access to additional recreational facilities. Overall, the project demonstrates in a convincing manner how urban renewal should be tackled in order to realize substantial contributions to the sustainable development of degraded urban areas.See more
A new government quarter housing all Hungarian ministries is planned in the nation’s capital. The Contextual government quarter development extended the brief to include economic, environmental and social objectives in an integrated concept that would give a neglected city area new horizons. The result is a comprehensive approach to urban renewal.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.23 MB) »