Budapest’s first skyscraper, MOL Campus inaugurated

Budapest’s first skyscraper, MOL Campus inaugurated

On 8 December 2022, Hungary’s first skyscraper, the MOL headquarters, was inaugurated, offering a unique panorama for workers and visitors alike with its 143-meter height.

The striking contemporary architecture building was designed by London-based Foster+Partners in collaboration with the Hungarian Finta & Partners Architects—Hype&Hyper previously interviewed the London firm’s senior partner Giles Robinson, who explained the challenges of designing the MOL headquarters and the Varso Place, adorning the Polish capital.

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Sustainability was one of the main priorities for the headquarters, with around 900 square meters of solar panels, a geothermal cooling and heating system, and a skyscraper that meets the highest sustainability standards.

The skyscraper situated on BudaPart will provide a new workplace for 2,500 employees who have been working at nine different sites in Budapest. The offices were designed with employee comfort and efficiency in mind: they followed the Activity-Based Workplace (AWB) model, which means that employees are free to choose and change their working environment depending on their tasks.

Central Europe’s ninth tallest building will not remain hidden from visitors: from spring, the public will be able to enjoy the views from the MOL headquarters, for example from the 29th-floor observation deck, and spend their free time in the visitor center, one of the building’s two restaurants, or the Fresh Corner.

Zsolt Hernádi, CEO of the MOL Group, emphasized the company’s faith in the future at the opening ceremony of the headquarters: “MOL decided to build a new, privately owned headquarters in 2016 because we believe and trust in the future. We did not built this tower for ourselves, but for the future, for the future generation and for the future employees,” he said, adding that “everything in the building is about the employees, including the lovely community spaces, the collaborative working environment, and sustainable solutions.”

Budapest’s first skyscraper, MOL Campus is also available as a poster in the Hype Store.

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