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Contest seeks new façade for landmark Budapest office block

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The Office of the Hungarian Parliament has launched an international design competition to re-clad a prominent office building in central Budapest

The contest seeks ‘innovative ideas’ to regenerate 6-8 Kossuth Square opposite the historic Hungarian Parliament.

Constructed in 1972, the building is the only modernist structure in the area surrounding the Gothic Revival legislature.

A previous classical design for the façade by Technical University of Budapest professor Dezső Hütl was overlooked during construction.

According to the contest brief: ‘The task of the competitors is to define concepts and realization options (design proposals) for the existing building with respect to its façade, roof covering, and architectural assemblage that can be used to further define investor expectations in terms of the visual appearance of the final, renewed building.’

Proposals must respect the square’s original zoning concept; recognise ‘current architectural principles’ concerning materials and form; and deliver a ‘lasting, sustainable, and economically operable’ solution.

The winners will share a prize fund worth around £144,000.The registration fee is £117 and the deadline for applications is 11 November

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

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