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Budapest Student City – Big Market Hall and its surroundings architectural design competition
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Budapest Development Agency announces an open international architectural design competition entitled “Budapest Student City – Big Market Hall and its Surroundings”. The objectives of the competition include the preparation of plans for the renovation of the heritage protected Big Market Hall, the identification of its new functions, as well as the design of the first student housing of the Budapest Student City, the development of the immediate environment of the buildings and its integration into the envisaged new university district.

Budapest Student City may, thanks to new functions, sports facilities, large green areas and high quality community spaces, become an attractive district of the capital city.

The open international design competition is announced and organised by BFK Budapest Fejlesztési Központ Nonprofit Zrt (Budapest Development Agency). Applicants are expected to submit designs for projects comprising the renovation of the Great Market Hall, a historic building complex under heritage protection (in the 9th district of Budapest, between the street called Hídépítő utca and the road called Helyi kikötő út), now in a rather neglected condition, along with identifying its new functions and developing a plan for its integration of the new student district, making it possible, at the same time, to organise major future national and international recreational and sports events, together with designs for a new building with student housing and sports functions as part of the Budapest Student City, and its immediate environment, creating a high quality natural and built environment, with sustainability in mind.
 
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2020. december 17., 10:00

Announcement of the design competition

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2020. december 17., 10:00

The registration for participation in the design competition and the design competition documentation accessible from

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2021. January 13., 09:00

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2021. January 20., 23:59

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2021. January 29., 15:30

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2021. March 10., 14:00

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2021. April 23., 12:00

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2021. May 31., 14:00

Returning of entries not rewarded with prizes

Big Market Hall
The Big Market Hall was once the logistics centre of the capital’s food supply. In its heyday it was served by 20 railway tracks and two river ports, its hall of more than ten thousand square meters kept 400 wholesalers busy. In the 1930s the construction of the Big Market Hall was the largest building investment in the capital. Designed by Aladár Münnich, the complex was delivered in the autumn of 1932.
 

MTI, Fehérváry Ferenc, 1959. június



Its central element is the still standing 247-meter-long and 42-meter-wide hall building, which has a ceiling height of 17 meters on the ground floor and 4 meters in the basement. The railway tracks ending near the hall building allowed the unloading of 210 railway carriages at the same time, and an imposing, iron-framed, covered loading platform was also built. The Grossmarkthalle in Frankfurt was the forerunner of the Market Hall. Its location, appearance and construction technology are similar to the German hall yet, it is not merely a copy, but a bold development of the German building system.

HMA MPDC Hungarian Museum of Architecture, Budapest Élelmiszer Nagyvásártelepe. Díszalbum, 1932.



The hall was in direct connection with the adjacent 6+1 floor office building, where in addition to the hall supervision, a post office, a railway and customs office, a bank branch, hotel rooms on the 4th floor, and a paternoster was also operating. The building was designed with a central corridor and the design of the slabs allowed the internal partitions to be changed in any way.
  

HMA MPDC Hungarian Museum of Architecture, Budapest Élelmiszer Nagyvásártelepe. Díszalbum, 1932.



In World War Two, the south side of the hall was torn apart, and the cover structure of the loading area was seriously damaged. After the War, the Market Hall was taken into state ownership, and several, barely coordinated building development took place on the site, including for instance the realization of bag sewing workshops, a large warehouse and a sawmill. The largest development was the construction of a huge cold storage between the hall building and the Danube, and a multi-storey office building close to the north entrance.

Fortepan, 1944.


Fortepan, 1980.


 
After the end of communism in Hungary, the Big Market Hall was taken into state ownership, and in the profoundly changed economic conditions of the 1990s it became less and less important until it was finally closed. The building complex was brought under heritage protection in 2004.

By 2007, all the historic and other values in the office building had been destroyed, the windows and doors had disappeared, leaving only the sheer walls. The hall building was also terribly ignored, left in an undignified state, exposed to the weather conditions. The unprotected buildings on the site were demolished, the area became neglected, overgrown with invasive vegetation.

The current development came in the last minute to save the building complex.
South Gate
The Budapest Student City - South Gate Program is one of the most important and largest scale urban development projects in Hungary in the recent decades. In the derelict and dilapidated neighbourhoods of South-Pest and North-Csepel, less than 5 kilometres from the city centre, a healthy, sustainable and liveable district is to be developed with energy-efficient green buildings functioning as student housing and residential buildings, and also creating jobs and spaces for studying and research.

Design Plan, Snøhetta, 2020



This new part of the city, Budapest’s largest active green area, is about to born, with renewed public transport services and new public investments in a more than 130-hectare unbroken development area, the like of which would be hard to find in any other European metropolis. The development will immediately result in outstanding value: renewal of the suburban railway lines, the construction of the Student City, the new Ferencváros Recreational Park, the Csepel Public Park and a new bridge across the River Danube. It will revitalise this desolate area that has been so sadly neglected for decades. Pedestrian and cyclist traffic will come to the fore, the heart of the district will be a car-free zone and at the same time, suburban railway lines will be developed and moved under ground and the extension of tram lines will begin. Due to the South Gate Development Program the citizens of Budapest can finally directly access the Ráckevei (Soroksári) Danube Branch waterfront, allowing an experience of the Danube without any restrictions.

Visualisation, Snøhetta, 2020



An international design competition was launched in 2018 as the first step of the South Gate program, where the Applicants were expected to assess the opportunities of the development in the area. The first prize was won by the Innsbruck office of the Oslo-based design firm SNØHETTA – which, among others, designed the Central Library of Calgary, the Norwegian National Opera and the Cultural Centre of the Swedish university city of Umea - in cooperation with the Austrian transport design firm Besch und Partner. According to the competition evaluation, the winning project meets the expectation that the currently neglected and therefore barely visited Danube waterfront and large open areas of South Pest and North Csepel, are integrated with Budapest's dynamically developing urban life. Based on SNØHETTA's master plan, the new parks, public spaces and sports facilities will serve the citizens of Budapest with sport, recreational and family programs on an outstanding level.
 
The mix of architectural and landscape quality is one of the strengths of the South Gate project: this will be one of the few places in the city where there is a direct interaction between the city and the water. Besides the renewal of the Danube waterfront, new water surfaces are also created. A unique landscape architectural element, an urban peninsula, is created with the artificial canal built around the Student City. Thanks to the built and close-to-nature waterfronts, the heat island effect of the city will be reduced, and the new water surfaces will also play a prominent role in rainwater treatment. This blue and green infrastructure creates a healthy, liveable living and working environment and thanks to the special ecosystem, a new kind of connection with water can develop, making the neighbourhood more resistant to the effects of climate change and, at the same time, more liveable.

Visualisation, Snøhetta, 2020



The Budapest Development Agency – which manages the South Gate program - announces an open international architectural design competition entitled “Budapest Student City – Big Market Hall and its Surroundings”. The objectives of the competition include the preparation of plans for the renovation of the heritage protected Big Market Hall and the development of its immediate environment according to its new functions, as well as the design of the first student housing of the Budapest Student City and its integration into the envisaged new university district.
The heritage protected building complex of the Big Market Hall, located in the centre of the area, consists of a hall building of nearly 10,000 square meters and an office building with a total area of roughly 6,000 square meters. The buildings stand next to the main public square that connects them with the Danube waterfront. The Budapest Development Agency expects applications for the open, international design competition, which integrate the planned new functions of the building complex with its immediate surroundings and the future university district as well. One key aspect is making use of the potentials of the historic - now a rather dilapidated - Big Market Hall building complex, through a modern interpretation of its ethos.
The tasks of the design competition further include the design of the first student housing building and its immediate surroundings, as part of Budapest Student City. Alike to the above, the Budapest Development Agency expects designs that create a high quality natural and built environment, with sustainability in mind. The new building will provide student housing on a total area of approximately 3,000 square meters, and applicants also need to design about 1,000 square feet sports function on the ground floor.


Everyone could have a feeling of ownership of the public spaces in the new Student City; its sustainable solutions will enrich the capital with a durable and valuable new neighbourhood. The positive effects of the implementation of the new neighbourhood will go far beyond the specific area and can serve as an example for other future developments.
EVALUATION JURY
Chairman

Dr. Domonkos Schneller

Deputy State Secretary for the Development of Budapest and the Capital Agglomeration

Co-chair

Zsolt Füleky

Deputy State Secretary for Architecture and Construction and Heritage Protection

Member

Dávid Vitézy

CEO at Budapest Development Agency

Member

Csaba Tóth

Architect, Director of Investment at Budapest Development Agency

Member

Zoltán Erő

Architect, Municipality of Budapest – Chief Architect of Budapest

Member

Balázs Szűcs

Architect, Budapest District IX – Chief Architect

Member

Tihamér Szalay

Architect, Hungarian Chamber of Architects delegate

Member

András Krizsán DLA

Architect, Chairman of Association of Hungarian Architects

Member

Csaba Orbán

Architect, Head of South Gate Department at Budapest Development Agency

Member

Judit Z. Halmágyi DLA

Architect

Member

Attila Győr

Heritage Consultant, Art Historian

Member

Prof. Dr. Zita Hotváth

Rector of the University of Miskolc

EXPERTCOMMITTEE

dr. Katalin Sirály

Legal Expert, Senior Accredited Public Procurement Advisor

dr. Éva Liga

Legal Expert, Procurement Expert Manager at Budapest Development Agency

Éva Ujvari

Design Competition Expert, Msc Architect Economist

Gábor Molnár

Cost Expert, Msc Architect

Patrick Lüth

Architect DI, Partner and Managing Director Snøhetta Innsbruck

Krisztina Baranyi

Budapest District IX – Mayor

Gergely Tarnai

Architect, Cabinet of Ministers, Department of Architecture and Heritage Protection, Chief Government Advisor

Samu Szemerey

Architect, City Planner

Zoltán Zikkert

Architect, Urban Planner, Property Development and Housing Manager at Budapest Development Agency (alternate)

Bálint Dományi

Architect, Urban Planner, Urban Planning Manager at Budapest Development Agency (alternate)