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Fosters’ tower sneaks through as Budapest bans skyscrapers

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Foster + Partners’ plans for the tallest building in Budapest will still go ahead despite a skyscraper ban coming into force in the Hungarian capital

The new height limit, announced by government minister Gergely Gulyás, is being implemented to preserve the ‘traditional profile’ of the Hungarian capital. 

There will be an outright ban on buildings over 90m, and authorities will take decisions on a case-by-case basis for buildings between 65 and 90m, according to local English-language website Hungary Today. 

However, schemes that have already been approved, such as Fosters’ 28-storey headquarters for Hungarian oil and gas giant MOL in the south of the city, will still go ahead.

Unveiled in 2017, the 83,000m² scheme will bring together all of MOL’s Budapest operations in a single location and has been described as a ‘vision for the workplace of the future’.

The MOL campus scheme is set to complete in 2021. Foster + Partners has been contacted for comment.


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