‘Zugliget’s university community has become an open campus in dialogue with its physical and intellectual environment.’
- József Fülöp, DLA, Rector
In July 2014, the Government of Hungary decided on the renovation of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design campus in a resolution. Hungary’s most significant creative industry investment project commenced the same year with the construction of the so-called Workshop House. The comprehensive development project – lasting until 2019 – has not only remedied the university’s old infrastructure problems; the MOME Campus – Creative Innovation and Knowledge Park development aims to expand the institution beyond its role in Hungarian creative and cultural life, and to make the university one of Europe’s leading art research and development workshops and the intellectual hub of its creative industries.
On the government’s behalf, works were supervised by Balázs Fürjes, government commissioner responsible for priority investments in Budapest, and on the institutional side by József Fülöp, Rector, and Gábor Kopek, the Prime Minister’s Envoy.
MILESTONES IN CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT
The first phase of the programme consisted of a technology park of nearly 5,700 m², comprising two buildings. MOME ONE (Workshop House) was completed by 2016, while MOME TWO (Media and Studio House) by 2018. The buildings were designed by Zsófia Csomay and Tamás Németh (CET Budapest Kft.). The Workshop House is home to both traditional and innovative object and geospatial design activities. The Media and Studio House further expands the space for practical training, with ceramics and glass workshops, a 1:1 ratio Space Experimental Lab with huge headroom, a photo lab and studios, a film studio, pre and post production rooms and a projection room for professional cinematography.
In the second phase of the project, three new buildings and two historic monument reconstructions were planned for the campus premises. The total area of the buildings is 15,000 m², with further outdoor features and landscaping on an additional 14,000 m². Architectural firm 3h Építésziroda was awarded first prize in the architectural design call for applications announced by the university. A total of 22 entries were received, with the winning entry chosen by renowned architects such as György Skardelli, Sándor Finta and Sándor Fegyverneky, with the 14-member jury chaired by Balázs Fürjes.
Under the leadership of Katalin Csillag and Zsolt Gunther (3h Építésziroda), two existing buildings were converted and three new facilities were created on Zugligeti út. The MOME campus, which opened its gates in September 2019, was made complete with fresh functions and spatial solutions alongside the TechPark, which was already inaugurated in 2018. In terms of functional distribution, the MOME UP building, which is in a prominent location towards the city, houses the Innovation Centre, the Library and the Doctoral School, while the Master Building is home to MA training and administration, and the Base Building to BA training. The MOME Ground building section has been at the centre of the ensemble, organising the separate buildings and spaces into a single, common campus.
Campus development represents spirit on the one hand, and an infrastructure for activities pointing beyond the classical educational activities of MOME on the other. Going beyond the walls of the university; creating the educational and research background for the whole of the sector. It places the university in an international context that focuses on environmentally-conscious, sustainable development, where a blend of science and creativity provides answers to the most important social and economic issues of our time.