Landmark Building of Szervita Square by Zaha Hadid

“Our goal is to give the inner city an injection of contemporary elegance. A state of the art building with high quality work spaces would strengthen the multifunctional character and urban vitality of Budapest’s city centre. We perceive the need to balance divers’ requirements: Keeping the importance of the cultural heritage in mind the issue is to reconcile the functional, economic and historic preservation needs of the city centre.”

“We feel that aesthetic and atmospheric rejuvenation is always an essential part of preservation – preserving the vitality of a historic city centre. 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 being gathered around the square. We have an important opportunity now to continue this series with another signifi cant piece of architecture that can represent the architectural thinking of our time.”

Architect: Zaha Hadid [ Via: HU ]

14 Comments

  • its very very beautiful. Such a modern looking structure. From above it looked like a drop of water

  • Dirk Carlier says:

    this is a stolen design from Future-Systems how could he do that !!

  • Emil Michael says:

    Dear Zaha,

    What will people, living / working in the shadowed building behind your architectural wonder say about their stolen sunshine although the glass-transparent looking construction?
    Don’t you think such styling contrast and extreme density of overbuilding a historical plaza of the beautiful Budapest with specific atmosphere could be well accepted by hungarians?
    I don’t think such overbuilding has been normally approved by Hungarian urban regulations – I rather feel a strong smell of corruption here.

    • Before says:

      Dear Emil,

      This is a plan. It as no permission to build up, yet. However there’s an ugly concrete cube now what doesn’t fit to the city neither. This building looks very interesting and could fit to the city. When the plans popped up first time there was a huge chat about and the hungarians seemed to accept the idea. Not all of us, but the biger half.
      I can’t imagne where do you smell that corruption…

  • random says:

    Is this made of curved glass? or is it triangulated? biiig difference for the final aspect. if it’s curved, who pays for this (the necessary tens of millions E ?). if it’s triangulated buy buy water-drop image…

  • enid from transylvan says:

    I think this does not imrove that place at all.
    Emil Michael is RIGHT…
    That “drop” does not improve anything… the URBAN density is very high there already, and just think about it… would anybody allow such a modern design for instance next to the tower of Pisa? Becouse there also is a large unused space, besides why not to use it, for example for a plaza…? Nonsense. Such things can happen where money rules over built treasures and environment… shameful… shouldn't have been called Zaha at the competition, or her design should have been placed elsewhere in Budapest.

  • enid from transylvania says:

    I think this does not imrove that place at all.
    Emil Michael is RIGHT…
    That “drop” does not improve anything… the URBAN density is very high there already, and just think about it… would anybody allow such a modern design for instance next to the tower of Pisa? Becouse there also is a large unused space, besides why not to use it, for example for a plaza…? Nonsense. Such things can happen where money rules over built treasures and environment… shameful… shouldn’t have been called Zaha at the competition, or her design should have been placed elsewhere in Budapest.

    • Before says:

      Well, as I already wrote here, this isn’t a really historical part of Budapest. However I think it’s absoltely not impossible if anyone would build a modern stuff like this next to the Pisa tower. There are no such thing like Pisa tower in that area.
      As I mentioned the place has an ugly cubic parking house made by concrete with a small gas station at the floor level. If you imagne you’re standing on the last picture, there would be a relatively modern building behind you. Staying on that picture you can see a building on the right side (behind the statue), that’s a fugly “modern” building from the late 70’s or the 80’s.
      Well, did you hear about the pyramid of the Louvre?

      • Jade Doel says:

        And Renzo Piano’s and Richard Roger’s, Center Pompidou, in Paris.

        • transylvania says:

          Don’t come with the pyramid of the Louvre…it has a good proportion related to the building…you cannot compare that and this. On the Szervita square there are at least 2 important historical buildings: a secession built and an old and beautiful church. That glass-pillow will rule over all the square, outgrowing all the buildings, shading street-accesses, and being anunintegrated giant in Budapest’s historic landscape. Parking houses are needed, ugly cubic stuff shoud go, but, that balloon should treat that space more gently.

  • Oka says:

    not bad

  • slp says:

    remindes me of the bullring in Birmingham. i don’t like it much but i do like the idea of adding to an existing set of buildings from different times, where we would usually avoid adding our modern architecture.

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