This month our artist in residence Bill Hunt shares his interpretation of Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
Architect: O’Donnell + Tuomey (Ireland)
Project Cost: £19,100,000
The project consists of two main elements, an original historic building and a new extension. The site is part of the World Heritage listed, central area of Budapest.
The new build forms the new main entrance to the University which houses the CEU Auditorium, the CEU Library, research centres, classrooms, study spaces and central administration offices. The design ethos echoes Budapest’s heritage of courtyards and knits together the existing and new buildings with a connecting linear atrium rising seven stories. The building is partly accessible to the public including the main auditorium and cafes.
O’Donnell + Tuomey’s design forms part of an overall masterplan for the university which has unfortunately been stalled due to various political and regulatory issues.