World-renowned British firm to renew Budapest’s iconic Nyugati station, here’s how – PHOTOS

Nyugati station is to be renovated according to the plans of a world famous British architectural firm, and we can finally see the visual plans.

Grimshaw Architects

Source: Facebook/Balázs Furjes

As we can read in Helló Magyar’s article, Grimshaw Architects, a world-renowned British architectural firm, has won the design competition for the new Nyugati station. Among many other projects, they have designed train and subway stations in London, Melbourne, Los Angeles and New York.

The Grimshaw Architects team also includes Hungarian architects from Nautes Architects.

“Nyugati Station is being redesigned into a modern, three-storey, partially underground, 21st century station. A new railway hall will be built on the surface behind the Halle Eiffel, and a 6-track underground station will be built underground, allowing the station to accommodate many more trains.

Balázs Fürjes, state secretary for development of Budapest and the metropolitan agglomeration, wrote in a Facebook post on March 26.

nyugati station

Source: Facebook/Balázs Furjes

“The city center will be vegetated: a new green, park-like and permeable district will be created around Nyugati. The renewal of Nyugati station and its surroundings will free up 23.5 hectares and will make the station and its surroundings a green space,”

he added.

Additions

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Source: Facebook/Balázs Furjes

A new modern railway hall with 13 tracks is under construction behind the Eiffel hall. The hall will become a new community space and meeting point, with the end of rail traffic at street level, creating a new focal point and meeting point for the capital, a new community space with shops, cafes, a space events and restaurants.

The modernization will create new entrances to the station, with easy access from Eiffel Square, Podmaniczky Street, Ferdinand Bridge and Westend.

A new, long green park will be created from Nyugati to Városliget, along Podmaniczky Street.

The 17-hectare recreation area will include an athletics track and several community sports fields. For families, there will be a play area for children of all ages, with restrooms and changing tables.

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Source: Facebook/Balázs Furjes

A dog park and large recreational green spaces will be created and new vegetation will be planted. The park will be lined with new buildings which will also serve as a noise barrier towards Terézváros. The industrial heritage building of the locomotive shed will be used for cultural purposes.

The car park and bus station will move away from Westend.

In their place, a welcoming green space, with trees and quality street furniture. The road bridge at the intersection of Nagykörút, Váci Street and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street will be demolished.

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Source: Hello Magyar, Portfolio.hu

Michael J. Chiaramonte