City Hall

When designing public buildings in the new millennium, we cannot evade considering which democratic processes resulted in the common consent, on whose basis the majority of the city-dwellers feel the new building to be their own. The question is especially delicate when a democratic political system erects new buildings for official display and administration. Do city users consider official display an unnecessary luxury of the authority or do they pride themselves on it? If we continue to examine the message of the city hall, it is important to mention the image of democracy, which is not a superficial, but a structural element in our plan. While the impressive part of the city hall remains in the Martinelli Wing (historical value), the administration can take possession of Károly körút and the new main square (local value). Another gesture on behalf of the authority is to partly give the historical lateral wings to market players (offices to let) and culture (exhibitions, cultural institutions, partial use of the chapel). The „open city hall” is not only penetrable in a restricted way, but it is also attractive due to entertaining, cultural and commercial functions around and inside.

Projektnév Budapest City Hall
Program city hall offices, leasable offices, cultural institutions
Tipológia public
Helyszín Budapest V.
Év 2008
Státusz design competition
Méret x m2
Csapat Katalin Csillag, Zsolt Gunther,
Képek 3h architecture