The winners of a master plan design competition for the Budapest South Gate urban development project were announced on Wednesday.
A joint application of Oslo-based international architect firm Snohetta’s Innsbruck office and Austria’s Verkehrsingenieure Besch und Partner won first place out of seventeen applications submitted. In addition to the top three winners, seven applications have been purchased.
The government and Budapest invited plans for the comprehensive development of a 135-hectare area surrounded by the River Danube, Rákóczi Bridge, Könyves Kálmán Road, Soroksári Road and Weiss Manfréd Road, deputy mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky said. The project will involve the construction of a student city for 12,000 university students and sports facilities suitable for international competitions, including an athletic stadium with a capacity for 15,000 spectators, she added.
State secretary for Budapest and metropolitan agglomeration development Balázs Fürjes, a member of the assessment committee, said the past twenty years saw a trend showing the southward expansion of the city because Budapest has space and the necessary transport infrastructure there.
Southern Pest and northern Csepel represent the city’s “gold reserve”, a great opportunity that must be cleverly utilised, he added.
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