Sewing new and old. Budapest university by O'Donnell + Tuomey

Sewing new and old. Budapest university by O'Donnell + Tuomey
[Budapest] Hungary
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Central European University by O'Donnell + Tuomey. Photograph © Tamás Bujnovszky
As part of a huge revamp of the Central European University in downtown Budapest, the Irish architects couple, the firm is led by Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey, has redesigned the old facilities and added new spaces.
The project, by O'Donnell + Tuomey, has many layers with a big complexity, and some phases to develop. The proposal gives new spaces such as a new library, research rooms, new auditorium, great halls, new access..., however the most interesting is the link between all spaces and its formal response to the street, a façade of limestone-clad. All this designed to integrate the new life of the university in its urban context.

O'Donnell + Tuomey is based in Dublin and were awarded the Royal Gold Medal for architecture in 2015.

Description of project by O'Donnell + Tuomey

This is the first phase of a campus masterplan for the more

O'Donnell + Tuomey.
Directors.- Sheila O’Donnell & John Tuomey. Associate.- Mark Grehan. Project Architect.- Ciara Reddy
Architects team
Anne Louise Duignan, Brian Barber, Jitka
Leonard, Geoff Brouder, Henrik Wolterstorff. Architectural Assistants.- Kevin O’Brien, Jonathan Janssens, Gary Watkin, Iseult O’Clery, Lauren Small, Edin Gicevic.
Local architect
Teampannon. Máté Hidasnémeti.
Team.- Bence Varga, Ádám Kern, Andrea Szabó, Eszter Bagdy, Szabolcs Kriston, Ágnes Légár, Gábor Palotás, Szandra Borsay
Structural Engineer.- Kenese.
Mechanical engineer.- Temesvári Tervező. Electrical engineer.- Kelevill FZ. Fire consultant.- Takács-Tetra. Acoustic consultant.- Aqrate Akusztikai Mérnök Iroda. Landscape architect.- Gardenworks. Quantity surveyor.- Tomlin Kitchen.- Kende Gastro Zrt. Ecologist.- Róbert Vidéki. Security.- IJA Consultants Audiovisual systems.- Animative. Signage.- Remion
Project manager
Central European University Development
Central European University
15638.0 m²
Project Year.- 2016
Nador u. 9, 1051 Budapest, Hungary.
Manufacturers Fabricantes
Schüco, Armstrong

O’Donnell and Tuomey

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey met while they were studying architecture at University College Dublin and have worked together in partnership as O’Donnell + Tuomey for more than 25 years. They have exhibited three times at the Venice Biennale. They received the RIAI Gold Medal for Ranelagh Multidenominational School in 2005 and have been seven more


John Tuomey (Tralee, Ireland, 1954), gets the B.Arch. at University College Dublin in 1976, working for Stirling Wilford & Associates (London) between 1976 and 1980 and the Office of Public Works in Dublin between 1981 and 1987. Tuomey has served as visiting professor at universities like Princeton's Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford. He was president of more


Sheila O'Donnell (Dublin, Ireland, 1953), gets the B.Arch at University College Dublin in 1976, working for Spencer & Webster from 1978-1980, and Colquhoun and Miller between 1979 and 1980. In 1980, she obtained the Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, the same year she starts working for Stirling Wildford & Associates (London). O'Donnell has served as more