Budapest Bank Tower, 190 VÁCI

Budapest, Hungary



Asymptote’s design for the new HQ for the Budapest Bank consists of two interconnected towers along the Danube River in Budapest. These subtly twisting and tapering towers rise out of the site to reveal a shifting juxtaposition of solid and void that varies depending on ones angle of view. As the geometry shifts and turns the buildings effectively address both the Danube River and the historic center of Budapest simultaneously. 


The overall massing of the Budapest Bank is the result of an innovative structural strategy and creative optimization of zoning requirements for light and air. At the entrance level, the base of the towers artfully negotiates and accommodates the asymmetrical site enclosing a new public space within a spectacular atrium. Spanning between the two towers, the roof of the atrium consists of a suspended glass ceiling that provides views of the two twisting and tapering forms rising towards the sky. The architecture of the Budapest Bank towers creates a striking and dynamic presence in the skyline of new Budapest, an important iconic structure that will also serve as a catalyst for future development of this new urban precinct. 

Date: 2006


Size: 50,352 sqm


Location: Budapest, Hungary


Architect: Asymptote Architecture


Design: Hani Rashid, Lise Anne Couture


Project Director: Jennifer Mujat-Kearns, Justine Groves


Design Team: Greg Derrico, Ariane Stracke,


Erick Carcamo, Daniel Gillen, Andreas Singer



Client: Orco property Group


Local Architect: Pozitan Studio Budapest Hungary


MEP Structural Engineer: ARUP New York


Local MEP Engineer: Koros Konsult


Local Structural Engineer:  APSE KFT, Almesi and Partners

Structural Engineers KFT


Façade Consultant: Front, Inc. New York