Árkád Shopping Centre

This project proposes the rehabilitation of the industrial area of the first Hungarian hemp-spinning factory, built on the outskirts of the town centre in the 19th century. The design and the materials used both allude to this history. The block-like building recalls the former layout of the site. The interior is based on simplicity and transparency; sunshine is allowed to become the main organizing element. The mall’s generous spaces, the simple boxes hung from the ceiling and the shafts that broaden out as they reach upwards all ensure that the greatest possible amount of the natural light comes in through the skylights and the rotunda and floods the building. The shape of the building is not determined by the relationship between the tectonic and the decorative elements, and it also neglects the formal play of basic geometrical shapes. The mass and the form are only relevant in terms of redefining architectural elements, but achieving this with sculptural rather than design tools. This can be seen in the simple motif of the main entrance, which also appears at the huge gate of the goods yard. The atectonic brick cladding is an alienated version of the classical brick architecture.

Projektnév Árkád Shopping Centre
Program commercial and entertainment center
Tipológia public
Helyszín Szeged, Londoni körút 3.
Év 2007 - 2011
Státusz built
Méret 98 635 m2
Megrendelő ECE Budapest Ltd.
Csapat Katalin Csillag, Zsolt Gunther, Tamás Békesi (project architect), Tamás Döbrönte, Mátyás Holló, Lilla Kántor, Bence Kertész, Anna Sára Kiss, Orsolya Pataj, Tímea Szarka, Tamás Tavaszi,
Képek Antal Szentendrei