Foster + Partners has unveiled plans for a new headquarters for Hungarian oil and gas giant MOL Group featuring proposals for Budapest’s tallest building
The designs for the MOL Campus in the south of Hungary’s capital city include a 28-storey (120m-tall) tower, which will be peppered by skygardens and greenery ‘culminating in a public garden at the top of the building’.
Billed as a ‘vision for the workplace of the future that places sustainability at the heart of the campus’, the 83,000m² scheme will bring together all of MOL’s Budapest operations in a single location.
Fosters head of studio Nigel Dancey said: ‘This is a landmark project for several reasons, not only for MOL but also for Budapest. It presents a unique challenge: to ensure that the building meets the functional needs of the organisation, follows the highest standards of sustainability, and is respectful of its historic surroundings.’
He added: ‘As we see the nature of the workplace changing to a more collaborative vision, we have combined two buildings – a tower and a podium – into a singular form, bound by nature. As the tower and the podium start to become one element, there is a sense of connectivity throughout the office spaces, with garden spaces linking each of the floors together.’
The scheme is set to complete in 2021.
The architect’s view
An evolutionary response to the traditional two-part tower-podium typology, the building’s unique form integrates a 28-storey tower with a podium a single form to create a unified campus. Its glazed façade sweeps up in a smooth curve from the entrance to the top of the tower, infusing the entire building with a sense of interconnectivity. Greenery follows the same trajectory, travelling through the heart of the building, from the central atrium on the ground floor, linked with skygardens throughout the tower, and culminating in a public garden at the top of the building. These green spaces also act as a social catalyst throughout the building, encouraging collaboration, relaxation and inspiration by bringing nature closer to the workplace.
Offset service cores create large flexible areas that further encourage collaborative patterns of working. Using cutting-edge technology to control light levels, temperature and views these workspaces are finely calibrated to create the perfect working environment, a light filled inspirational space for people to work in.
Setting a new benchmark both for Budapest and Hungary, the design of the building makes the most of its urban context to drive a sustainable response. The MOL Campus seeks to preserve live-work relationships as part of the urban experience, where people are able to walk or cycle to work. All occupants have a direct connection to the external environment providing fresh air, daylight and views, and the building utilises low and zero carbon energy sources, such as photovoltaics, also featuring rainwater harvesting and storage facilities.
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