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National Dance Theater, Budapest

This project is about rebooting an old industrial building of the former Ganz factory.
Our concept run on two thread. First we wanted to preserve appearance of the former, industrial hall, and we add an extension to open up the new theatre. Everyone is welcome to enter here because dance is integral part of our culture, so dance has to be part of our everyday life too.
However the industrial building was to closed without any communication to the park.
We extend the existing building with an open, pavilion like, transparent structure, which main function is the entrance hall. This extension is a mediator, transition space between the open park and the closed spaces of dancing. A kind of intersection of nature and art, integral part both of the park and the dance theatre too.
The main theater hall has 384 seats, this space can be reconfigurated in many ways to be as flexible as possible. The chamber hall has 122 seats, this is the place of experimenting performances.
In the foyer, our main goal was to create an open platform for new meetings where park visitors and art lovers can meet together. This intermediate space is open during the whole day, not only in the evenings, and it provides platform for many activities to strengthen connection with the parklife.

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
In the foyer, our main goal was to create an open platform for new meetings where park visitors and art lovers can meet together. This intermediate space is open during the whole day, not only in the evenings, and it provides platform for many activities to strengthen connection with the parklife. The architectural appearence of the foyer is driven by this goal.


 

 

 

 

Credits

Architecture
Zoboki Design & Architecture; Gábor Zoboki, Balázs Orlovits, András Lente

Client
National Dance Theater and Millenáris Nonprofit Kft.

Year of completion
2019

Location
Budapest, Hungary

Total area
6500 m2

Site area
whole park: 38.000 m2, area of intervention: 3700 m2

Photos
Hlinka Zsolt

Project Partners

ZÁÉV Építőipari Zrt., MátraParkett, Hunter Douglas Woodgrill Ceiling, Schüco FW50 SG structural glazing, Milliken, Stuhlwerk, Bosch RexRoth, Equitone, AcousticPlus

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