The local municipal authorities recently approved the ambitious design for the ‘Budapart’ neighbourhood, the largest singular urban development in Budapest for almost 30 years. ADEPT won the commission to design the new urban area with a masterplan based on a distorted grid structure with references to both historic and modern parts of the city.
Construction of the first buildings have already started in the 43 ha mixed-use neighbourhood, where built property will count approximately 600.000 m2. Located on the bank of the Danube River, the ’Budapart’ masterplan aims to create a green and human scaled neighbourhood rather than just another new modern development.
The fantastic location on the waterfront, the existing characteristic landscape qualities and the close vicinity to the central city are the main attractions that each generate huge potential to make the new neighbourhood an epicenter of its own. By celebrating these attractions through a series of elaborate strategies and by meeting challenges with innovative solutions, the masterplan seeks to keep and qualify the inherent assets of the area.
The layout of Budapest is a combination of dense development and irregular streets, of different blocks sizes and small plazas that all-inall create a varied and charming urban fabric. The distorted grid in the masterplan for the future ’Budapart’ neighbourhood combines the qualities of a rigid urban grid with the qualities of the diverse historic city.
The characteristic design of the masterplan shifts and changes the size of the blocks, creating a design that combines flexibility with a unique streetscape in a human scale. ’Budapart’ is the first singular urban development of its kind in Budapest – a lively neighbourhood with a mix of private and public functions.
The plan proposes a large green ratio as key part of the identity of the neighbourhood and square meters divided almost equally between office and housing. ’Budapart’ is located on the Buda side of the Danube River in the XI Újbuda district, one of Budapest’s largest living and working districts. The Danube River plays a big part in the Budapest identity and has always had a strong impact on the city’s historic, economic and cultural development.
The future development strengthens the links along the riverfront and improves public access to the water, underlining the historic and future importance of the Danube. Budapart is ADEPT’s first project in Hungary and was developed in close collaboration with the client Property Market. Source and images Courtesy of ADEPT.