snøhetta has won a competition to masterplan a new neighborhood for 12,000 students in budapest, hungary. the brief asked for proposals for a new district that offered living accommodation as well as educational, recreational, and sports facilities — including a 15,000-seat athletics stadium. the winning scheme for the 135-hectare site focuses on urban relations and seeks to connect the new city quarter to the water in order to create a strong identity.

snohetta budapest south gate
all images by filippo bolognese



the competition, named ‘budapest south gate’, called on invited architects to create a lively waterfront for the hungarian capital. according to hungary today, snøhetta’s design — which was developed in collaboration with austrian firm verkehrsingenieure besch und partner — was chosen ahead of 16 other proposals. ‘it boldly accepts the challenge of developing a new neighborhood in budapest that does not yet exist,’ said the jury. ‘it captures the opportunities of the area — offered by water, green belts and the characteristics of an island.’

snohetta budapest south gate
the park landscape offers a wide range of recreational areas



besides to the new public urban spaces along the river front, the park landscape offers recreational areas and sports facilities. furthermore, the landscape enhances the biodiversity of the city quarter and provides for water treatment. all parts of the urban fabric are given strong identities, relating to each other and resulting in a resilient and vibrant new district of budapest to be known as the ‘south gate peninsula’.

snohetta budapest south gate
the stadium will accommodate up to 15,000 spectators



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architect: snøhetta + verkehrsingenieure besch und partner
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