Central European University Phase 1

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Special Award

National Panel Special Award

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Special Award

Region

Hungary

Local Authority Area

Not in UK/ROI

Information about this scheme

This is the first phase of a campus masterplan for the Central European University to design a new 35,000sqm Campus on a World Heritage site in central Budapest, incorporating all University Departments and facilities. Phase 1 provides a public face for the university, a new entrance on axis with the Danube, a library and learning café for citizens and students. The scheme involves the radical transformation of five adjoining, previously disconnected, historic buildings and the construction of two new buildings. Budapest is a city of courtyards and passageways. The contemporary expression of the new building at Nador 15 is designed to be in sympathetic conversation with its neighbours. The limestone façade is locally sourced from the same quarry as most of the historic buildings in the city. This is the first new building to be built in recent times in this historically protected context. The existing CEU campus consisted of adjoining buildings, each with their own entrance, with minimal interconnectivity between them. The scheme has made what was a disconnected and disparate set of buildings into an open campus by a carefully considered “surgical” strategy linking existing and new facilities through a legible sequence of connected courtyards. The functional layout provides easy communication between interrelated adjacencies, clusters connected by social spaces, encouraging interaction and collaboration between academic departments. Courtyards are roofed over to provide a tempered environment from the climatic extremes in winter and summer, circulation and social space. Openings are cut through to provide visual connections. Flying staircases interconnect department offices to teaching spaces. The new building on Nador Utca forms the main entrance to the University. It houses the library and learning commons over a multi-purpose auditorium and conference facilities. The adjoining building has been radically refurbished to provide a covered courtyard for public events, with a business school and teaching spaces at upper levels. A roof garden straddles both buildings to provide views over the city skyline. The palette of materials has been selected for their endurance and natural material qualities that give character to the overall appearance. Stone, timber, concrete and steel form the fabric of the internal public spaces, with bespoke furniture used throughout the building. The new facades are constructed with local limestone, designed to emphasize the geometric quality of the building and continuing the tradition of solidity and permanence of the Budapest stone architecture. The scheme involved extensive engagement by the client and design team at political, national and local levels and public discussion of the proposed development, phasing, enhancement of civic environment, surrounding business and community benefits. CEU has hosted many cultural events, concerts, and exhibitions. Parts of the new campus and the 700 public events held annually are open to the general public and its unique library is used by many local citizens and students and professors of other universities.

 “The epitome of a Civic Trust Award Winner. An outstanding scheme, beautifully detailed and crafted, sensitive to its location, integrating superbly with its adjacent buildings.”

Credits

Architect

O'Donnell + Tuomey

Architect

Teampannon (Local Architect)

Client

Central European University

Project Manager

Central European University Development Office

Structural Engineer

Kenese

M&E Engineers

Temesvári Tervező (Mechanical)

M&E Engineers

Kelevill FZ (Electrical)

Fire Engineering

Takács-Tetra

Acoustic Consultant

Aqrate Akusztikai Mérnök Iroda

Landscape Architect

Gardenworks

Quantity Surveyor

Tomlin

Primary Use Class

Class D1c - Education