New Budapest bridge granted building permit
UNStudio create welcoming landmark to connect city districts
A building permit has been issued for the New Budapest Bridge, designed by Tenderstream member UNStudio and Buro Happold engineering. The permit concludes a four year planning process, with Hungarian Deputy Minister Balázs Fürjes stating that the project’s completion will mark the realisation of an urban plan for the area dating from 1985.
The bridge will create a new gateway across the Danube river, connecting the neighbourhoods of Ujbuda and Csepel in the Hungarian capital. The much-needed link over the river in the post-industrial southern part of the city will breathe new life into an up-and-coming area, with a design that directly connects to its urban surroundings. Placed in a pivotal position, the bridge will knit into and build upon already existing infrastructure, creating a new public transport flow towards the city's south.
Spanning 220m, the bridge is a cable stayed structure with two steel pylons, designed to create an elegant urban landmark with a structural typology unique to the city. Ben van Berkle, founder and principal of UNStudio, states: “It was essential that the bridge would be in harmony with Budapest - which owes much of its configuration to the surrounding landscape - and its future vision. It was also important that the bridge enable unobstructed views below and above the bridge deck. We wanted it to operate as a clear gateway to the city, like an inviting gesture of hands.”
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