The proposal aims to convert the Nyugati Station into a mobility hub of the 21st century, as well as Nyugati Square into a vibrant meeting point for Budapest. The new development area continues in a natural and respectful way the historical urban street fabric, weaving new connections between Districts XIII and VI. The link between them will be strengthened through the creation of a new pole of attraction: new facilities, quality public spaces, as well as a generous common green area.
The area included in the complete Masterplan is almost inevitably divisible into three parts. The first one, the one around the current Nyugati station and up to the current Ferdinando bridge, is completely influenced by the centrality generated by the station. Thus, it is an area where important commercial uses are already concentrated around the railway activity, such as the Westend shopping centre. To this, hotels, congress centres and office buildings will be added to it, in other words, everything that will benefit from the railway traffic, as a consequence of the very important centrality that it generates.
In the sector that we could call B, it is proposed to concentrate as much of the residential area as possible. In this area the railway yard is not too wide allowing it to be covered. Thus, a park is generated with great conditions of centrality, a “Central Park”. On both sides of the park are the residential blocks, accompanied by their corresponding retail areas and complying with the obvious condition of respecting the continuity with the nineteenth-century urban fabric both to the east and to the west of this area.
f the nineteenth-century urban fabric can be defined by anything, it is mainly by its continuity, and this proposal aims to maintain as much continuity as possible between the areas to the east and west of the covered railway yard. Certain decisions on traffic must still remain open. Ferdinand could be envisaged as a bridge or a tunnel. It could also be considered to maintain road traffic on two or three axes, through the park, in one direction or the other, linking perfectly with the east and west sectors and thus guaranteeing the continuity of the layout of the streets.
In this sector, there are proposed mixed buildings for public use and offices. The building is set back and adapted to the width of the linear park. The continuous layout is achieved through large porches under lowered arches for access to the linear park, giving continuity to the streets that lead to Podmanizcky u. At the same time, a pedestrian and bicycle walkway is proposed over the tracks, to connect the VI and XIII Districts.
External collaborators: CUNDALL, TÉR-TEAM Kft
Partners: Cruz y Ortiz, Szanto es Miko