|The location of the project is in District VII of Budapest, in particular the Jewish quarter. In recent years, the area has become known as the party quarter, with dilapidated buildings being turned into ‘ruin bars’ which serve cheap drinks and provide a unique atmosphere. Consequently, it is now a popular visitor attraction within the district. This popularity comes with consequences, and the area is now notorious for litter and noise pollution, disrupting the everyday lives of the residents and causing conflicts between the locals and visitors. The site was selected based on where the popular ruin bars are located.|
Based on the conflict between the residents and tourists, this project aims to create cohesion by using an historic precedent of Orczy House, which was located on the corner of the district. Orczy House was a multifunctional building consisting of residential, commercial and educational programmes to house an entire community under one roof. Using this historical precedent as inspiration, the aim is to design an ‘internal city’ within a collection of seven buildings. The functions of this new ‘city’ will cater for residents, students and tourists. Residents will be at the primary focus as there is a lack of people living in the area. Residents are more permanent and therefore likely to care for and improve their surroundings. Student programmes will also be included as they bridge the gap between residents and tourists. Tourist functions are also included as they are a huge economic benefit to the district and bring vibrancy and diversity to an area.
The tenement buildings have been rearranged so that the private spaces are located at the front and back of the existing blocks and the public buildings are in the middle. The middle building has been removed leaving the courtyard as a standalone central pavilion with stairs and bridges that connect both sides together. The new public buildings are connected at ground level via an internal ‘street’ and on the upper levels by a series of bridges that feed into the central pavilion. The programme schedule includes accommodation for residents, students and tourists as well as mixture of commercial and educational spaces for all to use.