The Hungarian State Opera and the Erkel Theatre are to gain new art studios and rehearsal centre. Establishing and equipping the new centre as well as preparing the refurbishment of the Opera House in Andrássy Avenue is to be financed by the government.
The largest indoor complex in Hungarian railway history, a system of vast covered spaces unique in Europe, the Northern Railway Maintenance and Engineering works was built between 1884 and 1886. As operation on the 22 hectare site ceased in 2009, the government offered 6.7 hectares of the area to the Opera together with the five-nave core repair complex of 22,000 square metres, named after Gustave Eiffel, two auxiliary buildings, and a complete train station.
The rehearsal, production, and storage centre for the opera is being built here where the Bánffy Stage, with an auditorium with 400 seats, will be constructed to include a rehearsal stage of the same size as the stage of the Opera House and a music studio suitable for recordings. In addition to moving all of its nine production workshops, all of its sets and its costumes and props here, the institution will also create a memorial room for János Feketeházy, the designer of both this building and the Opera House’s iron skeleton.
There will also be a costume rental shop and a visitor centre. The training centre for the Opera will be established here too: the Opera Studio, the Opera Music School and the Opera Ballet Institute. The production studios will also function as a practical training centre.
Country/Region Budapest, Hungary
Designer KÖZTI Architects & Engineers, Marosi Studio (HU)
Architect: Közti Architects & Engineers
Interior Designer: Szenes Design Studio
Construction Company: Strabag Hungary
Project Manager: Céh
Project Architect/Hungarian State Opera: Anka Józsa
Videography: Péter Farkas
Project Coordinator: Orsolya Szigeti