Budapest Bank HQ VACI

Budapest, Hungary
Asymptote's design for 190 Váci, a new Budapest Bank HQ, is a unique architectural landmark with a strong urban presence and two distinct tapering and twisting towers that simultaneously address the historic Danube River in one direction and the city center of Budapest in the other.
Design Concept
The architecture is dynamic while approaching the building along the boulevard. When viewed from different vantage points, the sculpted forms of the two towers appear to shift and transform. At the same time, the void between them seemingly expands and contracts, giving an overall impression of a building in a state of flux.

Massing Strategy
The overall massing of the project evolves from an innovative structural strategy that is as much a response to parametric optimization as it is to the building's programmatic and urban requirements. The base of the towers addresses the city at street level. It artfully negotiates the asymmetrical site condition with a great central open space.
The glass-roofed and light-filled atrium lobby is a new public space that connects the urban side of the site to the park on the other. The building's iconic architecture creates a new urban destination along Vaci street. It is a striking and dynamic presence in the urban fabric of Budapest