25% of Budapest’s new city quarter, called BudaPart, is already finished. The area located at Kopaszi Dam is nicely coming together as people who would like to enjoy both the bustling city life and the recreational facilities within reach have started to move in.
The Kopaszi Dam area of Budapest is exciting because this is where the quays end, and the Danube’s bank is accessible from here. It still counts as the centre because, as the crow flies, it is less than 4 kilometres away from Deák Square. In the future, it is expected to become a sub-centre area, says Napi.
The most recent urban development models inspired the great project of Budapest’s new quarter, BudaPart. The developer company, Property Market Kft., purchased the property in 2015. They worked together with a Danish architecture team and analysed experiences of quarters like HafenCity in Hamburg, Nordhavn and Sydhavn in Copenhagen, CityLife in Milan, and Aspern in Vienna. But other than architects and engineers, the team also worked with sociologists to get to know the lifestyles of people who move to these areas, what makes them feel good, and what makes a quarter in a city truly liveable. Their aim is to create a compact city where people are provided with both leisure and rehabilitation facilities, as well as residential and work areas. They want to create a sub-centre in the city which serves people who live and work there, but also other residents of the whole of Budapest.
They also aim to include smart city traits – the first office building named BudaPart Gate received a LEED Gold certificate, and residential buildings are designed with innovative heating and cooling systems.
The park that was already at Kopaszi Dam – attracting 800 thousand visitors every year – served as a starting point for the developing team. They are building an infrastructure that will satisfy all needs: walking area, social spaces, event venues, multigenerational playgrounds, dog parks, and all necessary services. Kopaszi is also a good venue for sports, for example, because since last summer, there is an opportunity to do stand-up paddle here. A Beach&Bar area is currently under construction, too.
BudaPart is divided into smaller quarters, and the first one of these – which is 25% of the whole project – is already complete, with four residential buildings (635 flats in total), plus a 20 thousand m2 office building. People have already moved in to 40-50% of the residential buildings, and the office buildings have been rented, too. According to the first surveys conducted, the target group includes those with an active lifestyle who enjoy both the city life and the recreational facilities within reach.
Another residential and office building is currently being built and is expected to be ready by the middle of 2021. Altogether, BudaPart will have 28 buildings: 15 residential and 13 office buildings, including Mol’s headquarter and a hotel, offering a place for 7 thousand residents and 23 thousand workers. Building the last quarter is expected to start in 2027. The aim is to deliver 3 new buildings each year.