The Hungarian government has launched an international competition for a new 135ha residential district and ‘Student City’ in southern Budapest
The anonymous competition is open to multidisciplinary teams of architects, landscape architects and highway engineers with relevant experience. It seeks innovative proposals for a new neighbourhood for 12,000 students along with educational, recreational and sports facilities.
The project, backed by Hungary’s Centre of Key Government Investments, is the latest attempt to transform the South Pest and North-Csepel regions of the historic city. Twelve teams, including Squire & Partners, have already been invited to participate in the competition which has a £785,000 prize fund.
According to the brief: ‘The goal of the design competition is to implement a viable urban development in line with the strategic objectives of Hungary and Budapest. This development should, through the creation of the Budapest Student City, produce housing of appropriate standard for nearly 12,000 students, catalyse the urban development of the area and with its new functions, sports facilities and community spaces it should be an attractive quarter of the whole capital.
‘The proposed master plan is an urban development design proposal relating to the build-up of an area of almost 135ha, delimited by the Danube, the Rákóczi bridge – the route of Könyves Kálmán Boulevard, Soroksári Street, the access road with topographical lot number 209968 – and Weiss Manfréd Street. With the designer selected in the design competition, we wish to sign a contract for designing the masterplan documentation for the Budapest South Gate Development project following a public procurement procedure by negotiation without announcement.’
Budapest was created in the late 19th century by the unification of Buda on the east bank of the Danube and Pest on the west bank. In recent years the southern part of the city has been the focus of several large-scale regeneration projects.
In April, UNStudio defeated Zaha Hadid Architects, Wilkinson Eyre and Knight Architects in the competition for a major new bridge connecting Galvani street in Buda with nearby Csepel Island and Illatos road in Pest.
The crossing – featuring a tram line and three motor vehicle lanes in each direction – will complete the city’s outer ring road and is intended to kick-start regeneration across large areas in the city’s undeveloped south.
The latest project aims to develop a new riverside neighbourhood with new sports and educational facilities on a large brownfield site. The development aims to expand higher education provision within the city and also preserve historic monuments, create new community spaces and improve connections to the river.
The Budapest South Gate competition languages are English and Hungarian. Pre-selected teams already invited to participate in the contest include KPF, Squire & Partners, Norway’s Snøhetta, ADEPT Architects from Denmark, KCAP and Sasaki Associates.
Submissions will be judged on architectural quality, relationship between city and water, innovation, connectivity to public and individual transport networks, pedestrian and bicycle solutions, sequencing, green concepts and smart solutions.
Participating teams must either have experience of masterplanning areas larger than 100ha; river, sea, or lakeside areas; university campuses; or parts of settlements home to more than 45,000 inhabitants. Judges include London South Bank University head of architecture Lilly Kudic and Tihamér Szalay from the Hungarian Chamber of Architects.
The overall winner will receive a £80,000 top prize and be invited to negotiate for the design contract. A second prize of £44,000 and third prize of £26,000 will also be awarded along with two commendations worth £17,000 each. The invited teams will also each receive a £35,000 participation fee.
The deadline for applications is 14 August.
How to apply
Centre of Key Government Investments
Horvát utca 12-26.
Tel: +36 17998330
Fax: +36 17990141