Linking old and new by surgical strategy

Irish architects have realised the first phase of their spatial campus masterplan for the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.

Photo: Tamás Bujnovszky

Photo: Tamás Bujnovszky

Photo: Tamás Bujnovszky

Photo: Tamás Bujnovszky

In 2011 the CEU started a selection process for an architectural team to redevelop their existing campus on the Pest side of the Hungarian capital. In total 79 local and international architectural practices applied for the design works which was won in the second phase by the Irish architects O’Donnell + Tuomey (ODT). Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey both studied architecture at the University College Dublin and have worked together as O’Donnell + Tuomey for 30 years. They were the 2015 recipients of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. To realise the project in Budapest, ODT worked together with the Hungarian firm Teampannon who was represented by Maté Hidasnémeti as the project architect.

The complete article is published in Autumn 2018 issue of Piranesi No. 40/Vol. 26.

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Project Data

Architect (local)

Project manager
Central European University Development Office

Structural Engineer

Mechanical engineer
Temesvári Tervező

Electrical engineer
Kelevill FZ

Fire consultant

Acoustic consultant
Aqrate Akusztikai Mérnök Iroda

Landscape architect

Quantity surveyor

Kende Gastro Zrt

Róbert Vidéki

IJA Consultants

Audiovisual systems


Gross Internal Floor Area: 15,638m2
Design: 2011-2014
Completion: October 2016