Historic Budapest Warehouses Renovated with a Whale-Shaped Glass Atrium

by , 08/20/12

CET Building, ONL, Oosterhuis_Lénárd, budapest, mixed use building, glass atrium, daylighting, green renovation

This month ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd] handed the CET Building over to the City of Budapest, who will use the mixed-use space for restaurants, bars, design-oriented shops, events, conferences, concerts and much more. The building was named through a city-wide contest, where the public thought the building’s shape reminded them of a whale. Located at the Közraktárak between the Petofi and the Szabadság Bridge, the CET Building is the only one built directly at the embankments of the Danube river with only bike paths and terraces. Busy roads separate the rest of the city from the river, so the CET building has a unique connection with the river as well as the adjacent Nehru Park.

Two historic warehouses were carefully renovated to form the foundation of the new mixed-use building. ONL made use of BIM to design the glass atrium to connect the two historic spaces. Glass and aluminum panels were carefully placed to maximize daylight and minimize overheating inside the atrium space. The project was awarded the Autodesk BIM Experience Award for its use of Building Information Modeling Process for innovative Mass-Customization and File-2-Factory production process and was also featured as a hero project on the 2010 edition of Revit Architecture. The CET Building is an impressive project that not only renovates historic buildings, but uses innovative architecture and technology to create a useful mixed-use space and improve urban spaces for the public.

+ ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd]

Via Archinect

Images ©Romeo Reidl – Romeodesign and ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd]

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1 Comment

  1. earthworm August 21, 2012 at 8:49 am

    It’s funny why I know this building. A design graphic of it was used as the cover art for Autodesk Revit 2010. Ha. At least it’s good to know that Autodesk is using real building projects for it’s cover art. Turned out pretty great in real life too! Here’s a link to see the graphic… http://www.tower.com/learning-revit-architecture-2010-autodesk-official-training-guide-paperback/wapi/114139094

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