Dísz Square, Buda Castle

2004

Dísz Square 17, Buda Castle, National competition, honourable mention


Architects: Ferenc Cságoly, Richárd Hőnich, Bálint Marosi, Levente Szabó, Rita Terbe
Co-designers: Máté Antal, Soma Hajnal, Orsolya Simon
Size: 1700m²


The lonely ruins of the supreme-commander’s building have been standing on the area of the castle for decades. It is not much of value architecturally, but it means greater value historically and emotionally. The location signifies a border-line, which deals with the relay of the old civic city and the Palace. It requires a definite pole. The architectural concept consists of three main parts. The designed building’s central element is the museum tower. This almost 40 meter high tower was built on the contour of the extant building’s court and the surrounding cloister as an old-tower of a medieval castle. It follows and interprets its proportions, and transforms them so it ensures continuity. The tower museum’s expansion follows a process of a definite path of an exhibition. The ramp system is organized by an inverted time-stream from the present leading back a thousand years into the past. The historical eras unfold before the visitors’ eyes, heading backwards in time, promising unique revelations. The concept’s third part is the two new wings connecting to the extant building, and the tower built on the lines of Színház Street and Szent György Street.