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WestEnd City Centre

  • Budapest, Hungary 1999
  • Total Building Area: 185,806 sqm

Westend City Center, built adjacent to the Western (Nyugati) Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, is the largest retail entertainment-oriented, mixed-use project in Central Europe. Collaborating with local architects, Finta Studios, Jerde and Finta combined retail, entertainment, office and hotel uses with uniquely modern architecture, while blending the building types with traditional structures in the area. The 535,000 square-foot commercial center de- signed by Jerde serves as the centerpiece of the project. By connecting the district to the transit station on one side and Vaci Road, a major arterial street on the other, the project provides immediate access for over 400,000 users that pass through the site daily. Along with multiple entry points for easy accessibility, the shopping center's main features include over 400 specialty stores made up of international tenants, an entertainment center, a 14-screen cinema, a variety of lively water features, and an outdoor communal 240,000 square-foot rooftop garden and park. The parkscape offers retreat from the busy urban activity below with abundantly lush landscaping made up of natural grass and an array of trees and flowers. Both the 230-room, four-star Hilton Hotel and Class-A office building overlook the vast rooftop park, offering a valued amenity to guests and workers. As part of the overall design, the hotel is seamlessly incorporated into the commercial component with a direct link from the hotel lobby to the shopping center. Once inside the center, spacious and bright public areas designed with human-scale and numerous skylights offer a com­fortable leisure experience, comple­menting one of Budapest's most visited and successful gathering places.

Client: TriGranit Development Corporation (joint venture of TrizecHahn Corporation and Granit Polus RA)
Design Architect: JERDE
Architect of Record: Finta Studio

Project Uses:
  • Open/Public Space
  • Retail
  • Dining
  • Hospitality
  • Office

WestEnd City Centre

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WestEnd City Centre

Awards

  • 2001First in Retail, Prix d' ExcellenceInternational Real Estate Federation, Paris