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The new CAMPUS of MOME

Thankfully, we can write more and more about masterplans or architectural tenders, developments concerning Budapest. It is even better when we can report on projects that have been carried out or being inaugurated, like this time; the project of the brand-new Campus of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design is finalized. Having visited many foreign universities and campuses recently, I can tell you that this quality of development is very rare.

The MOME campus can be found in Zugligeti Way, a few steps away from the Szépilona remise. Its center is the MOME MASTER building designed by Zoltán Farkasdy, protected by the capital, which will be expanded with two full stories (-1 and loft conversion) during the campus investment. Besides the flexible spaces for the master courses, the offices of the directory, administration, and professors will also be here. The large-scale, multi-story home space is a dedicated space for MA students, which can be used for individual and group learning as well as for project work or recreation. 

The university investment is also a city-building project: it is part of the investment to renovate the campus park which means that 1.5 acres of the common park will be opened for the residents in the district. They have restored the sidewalks and green areas in front of the MOME, and they have also installed new parking spaces.

We managed to interview Balázs Fürjes at the inauguration, who led the development project as state secretary in charge of developments in Budapest and its agglomeration and told us about the task of creating the newest campus in Hungary in the following video:

Architects working on the campus include Péter Reimholz (2009), Tamás Németh and the 3h architects and its leaders, Katalin Csillag and Zsolt Gunther. 

The sound and projection system in the auditorium of the renovated main building (MOME MASTER) is even suitable for hosting film premieres. In certain rooms, there is ’smart paint’ on the walls, which can function as whiteboards. The building has more than 50 LCD displays and projectors, which can be controlled centrally.  

Here, at the main building, is the ‘Heart of MOME,’ which is also the main entrance and the biggest community space, the center of life of the campus. This space has a capacity of 1,500 people and it connects the educational buildings with the Technology Park. It also houses a large cafeteria with a capacity of 400 people a day.

The listed neoclassical building of the Gondűző Villa has been converted into a representative building. The building, which represents the highest architectural and interior design quality on campus, will be able to host receptions for prominent guests of the university and the professors’ club.

The campus park will be renovated according to a complex landscaping program, and it will be able to serve multiple functions. On the one hand, it serves to open up and expand internal spaces, and on the other, it is actively involved in creating links between campus buildings. It supports both personal and communal spaces. Outdoor studios, informal consultation spaces and relaxation areas will all be located in the park, which will be a natural place for learning and recreation. The campus park will not only serve the MOME community but will also be open to the residents of the surrounding area. 

The new campus has doubled the number of workshops used for teaching, tripled the amount of space in which students and staff spend their daily lives, quintupled the amount of exhibition space for public displays of student work, and increased the amount of space built for research and innovation, and thus the amount of advanced technology installed by ten times. 

The solar panels on the roof of the Innovation Centre building (MOME UP) and the design of the façade also serve to promote environmental awareness and the use of green energy. In the latter, the large, glazed windows forming the inner shell are covered by an outer shell of copolite glass with sandblasted panels arranged in bands to control the light entering the building. This provides shading and is an exciting visual feature. This is a creative reinterpretation of a solution previously only used for industrial buildings. 

The new educational building, the MOME BASE is a unique static designer feature. Anyone who sets foot in here will have the impression that the building is floating, it’s very light, see-through, completely transparent. The key to this is that the slabs of the lower floors are suspended on two huge post-tensioned monolithic reinforced concrete beams of the top slab. As a result, there are no columns or pillars in the building spaces. To ensure the load-bearing capacity, the cables inside the beams, which are more than 2 meters high, are tensioned after the concrete has hardened. No other building has been built in Hungary with this technique. 

Building B is the basis for BA education with multiple communal and learning, as well as education specific spaces. The divisible and continuously reconfigurable home space for BA students in this building is also two-story and designed for complex functions, supporting a range of activities from small group teamwork to formal teaching situations and individual learning.

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