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Government Customer Point – Budapest Keleti Railway Station

The major part of the design is based on the expectation of the guidelines, but due to the unique situation we had to harmonize the new function and the old space. All the new installations are realized in a modest and modern way so they don’t compete with the original elements. Designed by LAB5 Architects.

The Government decided to open a Customer Point at Keleti Railway Station that is one of the busiest stations in Hungary. The large space was originally built as a huge storage room, then after many changes in the function left vacant, recently to be found in very bad conditions, just as the major part of the old building. The major part of the design is based on the expectation of the guidelines, but due to the unique situation we had to harmonize the new function and the old space. All the new installations are realized in a modest and modern way so they don’t compete with the original elements. Every historical detail has been carefully kept and renovated, and the lost elements have been investigated and built back where possible.

The layout is clear for the users so they can easily understand the system of the space – just as the difference between the old and the new parts. The back office functions are not hidden, we grouped them into a cube of mirror-glass, and put as an independent volume in the axis of the hall. The refurbishment works included the renovation of the roof, the attic, and the large side-corridor as well, so the works also touched partly the street façade. Hopefully there will be a full refurbishment of the building, where this function can be seen as an integer piece that fits very well the railway station.


Government Customer Point, Budapest Keleti Railway Station - architect: Korényi és Társai Építész Kft, LAB5 Architects - photo: Zsolt Batár

Government Customer Point, Budapest Keleti Railway Station - architect: Korényi és Társai Építész Kft, LAB5 Architects - photo: Zsolt Batár

Government Customer Point, Budapest Keleti Railway Station - architect: Korényi és Társai Építész Kft, LAB5 Architects - photo: Zsolt Batár

Government Customer Point, Budapest Keleti Railway Station - architect: Korényi és Társai Építész Kft, LAB5 Architects - photo: Zsolt Batár

Government Customer Point, Budapest Keleti Railway Station - architect: Korényi és Társai Építész Kft, LAB5 Architects - photo: Zsolt Batár

Government Customer Point, Budapest Keleti Railway Station - architect: Korényi és Társai Építész Kft, LAB5 Architects - photo: Zsolt Batár

Government Customer Point, Budapest Keleti Railway Station - architect: Korényi és Társai Építész Kft, LAB5 Architects - photo: Zsolt Batár

Government Customer Point, Budapest Keleti Railway Station - architect: Korényi és Társai Építész Kft, LAB5 Architects - photo: Zsolt Batár


 

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