Zugló City Center, Budapest’s new green neighbourhood

The project by Zaha Hadid Architects will cover a total area of almost seven hectares between Bosnyák Square and Rákos Creek.

The new Zugló City Center urban neighbourhood in the heart of Budapest is intended to reconnect residents with nature and is expected to be completed by 2029.

It will be an ideal place to live thanks to its green roofs, tree-lined avenues, rainwater harvesting, storage and reuse systems (for a total of approximately 90,000 cubic metres of water per year), micro-mobility, efficient energy management and buildings that help regulate the temperature of the neighbourhood. The project by Zaha Hadid Architects will cover a total area of almost seven hectares between Bosnyák Square and Rákos Creek and will include mixed-use spaces integrated with new areas surrounded by nature, houses, shops and offices.

The orientation and construction of the buildings was designed to help naturally regulate the temperature within the neighbourhood, reducing summer peaks by up to 6°C compared to the average temperatures in Budapest.

An intelligent energy management system powered by renewable sources will reduce the energy consumption of the buildings, while large pedestrian zones and extensive cycle paths will encourage urban micro-mobility by connecting living, working and recreational spaces within a short walking distance. The surrounding infrastructure and road networks will be improved and will include the creation of 12,000 square metres of new landscaped areas.

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