Architecture firm Grimshaw wins competition for ‘crown jewel’ of Budapest rail hub
International architecture firm Grimshaw has won the design competition for the renewal of Nyugati station in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.
The company came out on top in a competition between 12 pre-selected companies, all vying to revamp what Dávid Vitéz, CEO of BFK Budapest Development Agency, on LinkedIn called “the jewel in the crown of the Budapest railway hub and of the entire Hungarian railway network”.
Key to the new design is the 14,000 square meter protected Eiffel room. This central space will become a central pedestrian hall, with cafés, a bookstore and a food hall. The tracks are underground, including those that will serve the future sub-river railway tunnel under the Danube.
“At the heart of our design concept is heritage protection, adaptive reuse and humanizing the passenger journey. The approach developed through a collaboration of our London and Sydney studios and with local and international consultants, is one that protects and preserves the heritage of Nyugati Station and places its 21st century life firmly within the aesthetic of ‘a civic space,’ Grimshaw partner Mark Middleton said of the company’s plans.
There’s a lot going on in the Hungarian capital when it comes to rail. Earlier this year, the Hungarian government approved the so-called Budapest suburban rail hub strategy, which aims to increase the number of passengers using the railways in and around Budapest by 80% over the next three months. decades. The new rail tunnel is a key part of these plans.