Winning design revealed for iconic Nyugati station in Budapest

Britain’s Grimshaw Architects, the international design firm for railway and metro stations in London, Melbourne, Los Angeles and New York, has won the tender to renew the iconic Nyugati station in Budapest, its square and its surroundings, the Prime Minister’s Commissioner for Budapest and its conurbation announcement Saturday.

The large-scale project includes the construction of a modern three-storey railway station with new underground platforms, a new railway hall, the conversion of rusty railway areas into a 23.5-hectare green public space and the dismantling of the viaduct near instead, Balázs Fürjes said on Facebook.

The station’s emblematic hall, designed by the Eiffel company at the end of the 19th century and recently completely renovated, will be transformed into a new public space and meeting point with shops, cafés, restaurants and community spaces. Surface platforms from here will be moved underground.

Behind the Eiffel Hall, a new hall of 13 platforms will be built with a characteristic metal structure covered with wooden surfaces to create a connection in style with the heritage hall.

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The new railway station will be expanded with 6 underground railway tracks which will be used by commuter, long distance and international rail services. It will later receive trains arriving from Deli station on the Buda side via a tunnel to be built under the Danube.

Photo: Szilárd Koszticsak/MTI

The renewal aims to transform Nyugati station into the largest railway hub in Hungary and its capital, and in Central Europe, with a capacity of 300,000 passengers per day.

The dilapidated bus station and parking lot next to the Eiffel Hall will be moved and the nearby viaduct dismantled, Fürjes said, adding that a large green corridor will be created to connect the square’s main boulevard to the city park.

Bids submitted for the competition were evaluated by a 21-member international jury, he said.

Photo via Balázs Fürjes Facebook page

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