Piranesi’s like ambiance in new underground of Budapest

At the end of March this year, just a few days before parliamentary elections, a new metro line opened in the Hungarian capital. Two of the ten stations were designed by the young architectural office sporaarchitects.

Metro line 4 is the first new underground in Budapest since the opening of line 3 in 1976, and it is over a century since the very first metro line on the European continent – the ‘Millennium Line’ – was opened in Budapest in 1896. The new east-west line connects two existing train stations, Kelenföld in the southwest of the Buda side, where the trains from Vienna make their first stop in the city, and Keleti, on the Pest side.

Photo: Tamás Bujnovszky

Photo: Tamás Bujnovszky

Photo: Tamás Bujnovszky

Architects: Dékány Tibor, Finta Sándor, Hatvani Ádám, Vadász Orsolya
Team: Balogh Zsuzsa, Korompay Attila, Várhidi Bence, Soltész Noémi, Jánosi András, Molnár Diána, Stefkó Károly
General Architect of the M4 metro line: Palatium Stúdió – Erő Zoltán, Csapó Balázs
Collaborators, consultants: Főmterv, Uvaterv, Mott-Macdonald konzorcium
Artist Collaborator: Tamás Komorócky
Client: Budapest Transport Ltd., DBR Metro Project Directory
Site area3000 m²
Gross area7100 m²
Structure System: reinforced concrete
Design Period: 2005-2012
Construction Period: 2006-2014

The complete article is published in Autumn issue of Piranesi No. 35 Vol. 22.

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