Budapest’s got an icon – architectural statement in Vaci Street, in the very center of the city. Asymptote’s design for the new HQ for the Budapest Bank consists of two interconnected towers along the Danube River. These subtly twisting and tapering towers rise out of the site to further revealing a shifting juxtaposition of solid and void that varies depending on one’s angle of view. As the geometry shifts and turns the buildings effectively address both the Danube River and the historic center of Budapest simultaneously.
The form is vivid and the whole movement is wrapped in glass – the building’s transparency is achieved through the use of curtain wall glazing – often used in contemporary architecture for the achievement of balance between natural light, visible connections, metaphoric transparency and more trust-based connections with society. The overall massing of the Budapest Bank is the result of an innovative structural strategy and creative optimization of zoning requirements for light and air. At the entrance level, the base of the towers artfully negotiates and accommodates the asymmetrical site enclosing a new public space within a spectacular atrium.
Spanning between the two towers, the roof of the atrium consists of a suspended glass ceiling that provides views of the two twisting and tapering forms rising towards the sky. The architecture of the Budapest Bank towers creates a striking and dynamic presence in the skyline of new Budapest, an important iconic structure that will also serve as a catalyst for future development of this new urban precinct.