Budapest’s first Bauhaus design school was set up in 1928. Six years later, local architects converted a former transformer station on Kazinczy Street, today the Museum of Electrical Engineering in the party quarter. Other Bauhaus examples are in residential districts such as Pasarét and Újlipótváros, where the Jézus Szíve Parish Church was considered too modern for its time in 1933. The first reinforced concrete church in Budapest, it was mockingly called ‘God’s Garage’. Today, it is a cherished destination for fans of 20th-century architecture.
Back in the centre of town, the centrepiece of focal Erzsébet Square is a former Bauhaus-style bus station that has since been refashioned to house a two-floor destination dedicated to late-night urban drinking.
Close by on Budapest’s main square, Vörösmarty Square, a soaring glass-and-steel façade houses boutiques and cafés, an example of contemporary architecture alongside the elaborate Art Nouveau of the Gerbeaud confectionery.
Multifunctional architecture underscores the city’s most recent creations. Down the Danube from the city centre, Bálna Budapest blends history and modernity. Comprised of two parallel century-old red brick warehouses joined by a whale-shaped glass shell, this riverfront complex hides shops and cultural hubs in its belly, while stylish pubs provide a pretty panorama on its side. Its creator, Kas Oosterhuis, was also responsible for Dubai Sports City and the Capital Centre in Abu Dhabi.