Where geometry merges with economics

The renewal of public spaces at Corvinus University of Budapest

One of the most iconic buildings on the left bank of the Danube is the former Main Customs House – that serves as the main building of Corvinus University – yet it was sadly neglected in the past few decades. While its surroundings changed just like in a timelapse video – the Duna promenade and the Market Hall Square was renewed, the impressive new station for the metro 4 line was finished and the Bálna became a hotspot after its opening – this wonderful building of Miklós Ybl stands still as if frozen in time.

The neo-renassiance Main Customs House that was finished in 1874 was built to house four governing offices serving foreign trade. Fitting to this important function it boasted such innovative solutions like the modern storage cellar system or the direct railway connection with train tracks running through the building. Its strategic location and design made the building very popular for military purposes: during t…


Concept and construction plans: Nóra Pajer, Noémi Soltész / 2017-2023
Team: Bernadett Csendes, Nóra Csobolya, Beatrix Guld, Rebeka Horváth, Norbert Juhász, Katalin Tomaschek
Visualisation: Bence Várhidi
Location: Budapest, 9th district
Urban history and architectural heritage expert: Grafit Műterem
Size: 5000 m2
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