Chapman Taylor creates mixed-use concept for Liget City site in Budapest

Chapman Taylor has created a heritage-sensitive design concept that tightly integrates a number of historic buildings within an existing city centre block in Budapest, Hungary.

The Liget City block has extensive urbanistic and historical ties to the surrounding district and our proposals are designed to maximise connections between the site and the city, incorporating existing pedestrian routes.

The brief from our client, ZEITGEIST Asset Management, was to create a truly mixed-use development on the site located in District VII, close to the Veterinary University, Városliget City Park and the Eastern Railway Station. The project delivers mixed residential functions, a hotel, student accommodation, offices, retail and hospitality to create a highly diverse development that also becomes an important focus for the wider community.

The proposals pay careful attention to the history of the site, preserving as many of the original buildings and architectural features as possible while optimising the use of these structures and adding efficient extensions and new buildings to complete the overall composition of the city block. The new buildings respond sensitively to the retained structures on the site, particularly in terms of the overall forms, the proportions of the façade openings and the use of materials.

The unique architecture of the Sawtooth-roof building is retained while fully reconstructing the façade and roof to meet modern standards. The existing ground floor window openings are dropped to pavement level to create quality retail frontages, visually linking the inside and outside of the building.

Public realm makes up a large part of the proposals and the external spaces are divided into three types, each of which is further divided into smaller urban micro-spaces with their specific purposes and characters.

The primary public space is the pedestrian street between the buildings of the current supermarket and the Sawtooth-roof building connecting Damjanich and Dembinszky Streets. This will become a busy urban corridor and the gateway to the rest of the site. The space features distinctive rugged paving, complemented by street furniture, greenery, public art and a parked tram serving as a food kiosk – a reference to when this place once served as a depot. Along its length are bistros, restaurants, the hotel, an events space and student accommodation.

Sustainable water management

The landscaping includes extensive tree planting in the second passageway perpendicular to the main route, creating a semi-private area in which residents and visitors can relax. This semi-public space is largely adapted to the needs of local residents, with kiosk shops and services, playgrounds, an outdoor gym and residential terraces. The strong architectural expression of the façades, the materials and the extensive urban greenery gives this zone a distinctive character.

The third key external space is created by the semi-open courtyard of the two Rottenbiller Street buildings, which is further divided into micro-spaces. The first is tied to the hostel's interiors, co-working and rentable studios for start-ups. The second courtyard contains restaurants and their terraces.


The roofscape forms an important part of the overall design and we have created pleasant living spaces at the roof level, including the terrace of the Bagoluvár restaurant, the roof terrace of the hotel and private terraces for the most exclusive apartments of the Rottenbiller 31 and 33 residential buildings. Abundant greenery on the terraces creates shade during the summer, protecting the terraces from overheating, at the same time increasing humidity and, by evaporation and creating a cooling effect. Above all, the planting serves as a visual barrier which gives the terraces privacy and a pleasant park atmosphere.

Chapman Taylor created this innovative mixed-use concept as part of a design competition organised by ZEITGEIST Asset Management.

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Filip Pokorny (PhD (Urban Planning and Brownfield Regeneration))

Director, Prague

Filip is responsible for the management of our key projects in Prague. He has strong retail design skills, as well as specialist design skills in planning and regeneration.

Balancing commercial and architectural insights, he has worked across all project stages, from feasibility, planning and building permitting processes through to on-site construction quality control.

Filip has been with Chapman Taylor’s Prague studio since 2007.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Residential / Masterplanning / Brownfield Redevelopment

Igor Bergmann (Ing. Arch.)

Associate Director, Prague

Igor has completed several major workplace projects in Prague and Bucharest, as well as retail and leisure centres in Romania. He has extensive experience throughout all design stages and also as the client’s representative, monitoring design quality and making regular site inspections during the construction stages.

Igor joined Chapman Taylor’s Prague studio in the Czech Republic in 2000 and has been responsible for several of its key projects in the CEE region, primarily in Romania.

Areas of expertise:

Workplace / Masterplan / Design

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