All images courtesy of Spora Architects
Hungarian practice Spora Architects has completed two metro stations in Budapest that form part of the city’s underground rail line. Situated on the banks of the river Danube, the two stops form part of Budapest’s most significant infrastructure project. Ten stations are currently being constructed as part of the seven kilometre line in order to connect South-Buda with the city centre of Pest.
Believing that high architectural quality could encourage the city’s residents to make use of public transport, Spora set out to create an underground public world that was detached from the rest of the city’s historic atmosphere. Both underground volumes are supported by levels of reinforced concrete beams, with their form left completely exposed.
As a complex traffic junction, Fövám Tér is an interchange point for trams and buses as well as ships and cars. The multilevel complex serves as a gateway to the historic downtown of budapest, with the subterranean spaces proportional to the 19th century streets above. At 36 meters below ground, Szent Gellért tér is one of the deepest stations on the entire line.