architects: CÉH Zrt. office: Újirány Group - Új Irány Kkt.
authors: Árpád Kovács, Gábor Lendvai, Johanna Muszbek, Péter Pozsár, Dominika Tihanyi, Krisztina Wallner
building contractor/executor: Harkai és Társa Kft.
award: Europa Nostra
year of award: 2002
The Millenary Park is the result of a brown field development in the center of Buda, on the site of the former Ganz factory, built between 1844 and 1912. By 1989, after the closing of the Ganz Works, the site was surrounded by the dense residential areas of Buda center and the rehabilitation of the area became inevitable. After demolishing of more than 70% of the buildings, the space for a new exhibition and events center and a new public park was created on the occasion of the Hungarian Millennium. The concept of the park is based on the notion: creating. The park itself is designed upon the temporal process of creation divided into two parts. The first stands for motivation and the second for interaction. In the motivational part you find yourself surrounded by normal urban and natural environment but in a totally unusual form. Leaving the motivational part you reach the interactive space, the playground of creativity. Here you can find environmental elements in mobile form, and are invited to create your own actual surrounding. The elements in the park such as hill lines and grass benches are not defined exactly by mean of usage. It is not function but notion that defines them and the spaces of the park. The possibility of use lies in the hand of the visitor where he is able to mould the space to conform to his needs.