Thursday, March 19, 2009

Szervita Square, Budapest by Zaha Hadid

Szervita Square, Render © Zaha Hadid Architects


The new building on Szervita Square will add to the overall cityscape of Budapest by providing a new enlarged public square and landmark building. The aim is to create a civic space within the project not only for those who use the building but for the city as a whole.

Szervita Square, Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

A city like Budapest needs a kind of an archipelago of public spaces that are connected through program and become attractive places for the citizens at different times of the day. The plans for both the building and square connect smoothly to the surrounding net of squares and public places.

Szervita Square, Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

From the beginning, after collecting ideas about the light, the combination of landscapes, the building and the space itself, the idea was to move away from closed forms and the perimeter blocks that generally constitute the city, and to make the public zones more porous and open. The design for the new building fits with the architectural context, but is transparent creating a contrast to the idea of non-porosity and solidness of the existing buildings. One can perceive distinguished architectural periods in the development of Budapest's inner city fabric. Szervita Square itself is an interesting example with high quality architecture from different periods, and with this project an important opportunity is presented to continue with this series and to do something that we can¢t do anywhere else: to comply with the traditions of the city and create something new at the same time.

Szervita Square, Render © Zaha Hadid Architects


Source: Zaha Hadid Blog


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