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Fővám Square

Building tunnels was not a novelty in the history of Fővám Squre as more than a hundred years before the metro construction building the Great Market Hall also required underground passages.

Tunnels leading to the Danube started from the basement to facilitate transporting goods by boat. These tunnels still exist today and they are used for transporting waste from the hall. Their entry is easy to spot from Liberty Bridge.

It is more challenging to spot the underground station since it was a top priority in design not to spoil the riverside view. The graceful glass entry hall does not suggest the monumentality of the station below. Platforms stretching 30 meters deep are accessible by 8 escalators through a large space structured by exposed concrete beams. A skylight grants access for natural light to the bottom enhancing the sense of depth in there. This special ambience makes this station resemble a gothic cathedral – one feels so small there.

Together with modern solutions like corten steel plates and exposed concrete there is a playful side of the design concept represented by futuristic and white furniture as well as colorful mosaic tiles.

The station was designed by young experts of architecture company sporaarchitects who gained more award for their work (Architizer A+ Awards Jury and Popular Choice Winner 2014, ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards, Public Architecture, Popular Choice Winner 2015).

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