The professional jury announced two first-place winners at the building development call launched for the property of Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) situated on Budapest’s Somlói Road. The public tender has two first-place winners, and three additional projects will be purchased by MCC.
The tender was held anonymously, the applicants’ identity was only unveiled to the evaluation committee once the results had been announced: Napur Architect as well as Hello Wood and ZDA-Zoboki Architecture Studio, who submitted a joint application, came in first place, while the designs of ZIP Architects, Studio In-Ex and Archikon will be purchased by MCC.
The evaluation committee considered it of utmost importance to choose projects that best reflect the mentality of the institution’s mission and uniqueness. Zoltán Szalai, the chair of the committee highlighted that when choosing the winning projects he primarily looked at which designs conformed to MCC’s task related to talent promotion and education the most. Neither the historical past related to the current building complex nor the current layout of the spaces fit the institution’s programs and goals. Thus it was an important requirement to have larger green areas on the plot and to allow the locals to use the environment of the planned building—as also emphasized by Éva Csány, the chief architect of Budapest’s District I, the building is not for MCC only, but for the entire city.
MCC’s goal is to have an iconic building on Somlói Road, which encompasses both community-building and organizing functions and meets the needs of the 21st century while also being in complete harmony with its environment. In the upcoming period, MCC will further clarify the designs in close cooperation with students, teachers and the professional community.
You’ll be able to learn more about the submitted projects in the upcoming weeks.
Source: Press release