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Historic Budapest Warehouses Renovated with a Whale-Shaped Glass Atrium
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 20, 2012 @ 5:44 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,gallery,Green renovation,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment
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.
Via Archinect 
Images ©Romeo Reidl – Romeodesign and ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd]
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URLs in this post:
 Central European Time (CET) Building: http://www.oosterhuis.nl/quickstart/index.php?id=cet
 ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd]: http://www.oosterhuis.nl
 BIM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building_information_modeling
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/whale-shaped-glass-atrium-resurrects-historic-warehouses-in-budapest/cet-building-onl-1/
 ONL [Oosterhuis_Lénárd]: http://www.oosterhuis.nl/
 Archinect: http://archinect.com/news/article/55354420/onl-completes-central-european-time-building-in-budapest
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