Successful revitalization

Conversion of a Hospital Site, Kaposvár

Architects: Ferenc Lőrincz Jr., Ádám Ligeti, Rita Balogh, László Pap
Text: Krisztina L. Balogh
Photos: Balázs Lőrincz, Alán Szekeres, Róbert Benke, Rómeo Pintér Dr.

The 2,7 hectare area starting to deteriorate into slums in the heart of Kaposvár was purchased by the local authority from the state with the aim to meet the welfare-functional needs of the crowded and busy downtown, and to primarily convert it into a public zone. The reinterpretation of the area involved a design task more complex than the one 40 or 50 years ago, when the strategic goal had been to manage the city’s infrastructure, as the objective now is to develop the urban standards. We had to go beyond the traditional specialist-oriented development of infrastructures, and a complex methodology based on a co-operative approach and public area management had to be adapted. to replace the demolished buildings, a generous, a 21st-century modern urban park was created on almost 1 hectare with sustainable operation and experimental character in its „know-how”.

General concept: Ferenc Lőrincz Jr. – Arker Stúdió Kft.
Main contractor: Szemeco Szakipari Kft., Horváth Építőmester Zrt., LECPES Kft.
Architects: Ferenc Lőrincz Jr., Ádám Ligeti, Rita Balogh, László Pap
Structure: Csaba Harsányi, Péter Rabb
Monument history expert: Károly Rőmer
Soil mechanics: József Schubert
HVAC: Ferenc Székely
Power current: Ferenc Száraz Attila Tursics, Ferenc Száraz
Weak current: János Pápai, Péter Gungl
Fire protection: Balázs Bajna, Róbert Klem
Accessibility: Ágota Németh
Public utilities: Attila Horváth, Olga Miklós
Landscape: Barnabás Szakács, Viktor László
Roads, traffic: János Endrédi
Elevator: György Kinder
Playground: Boldizsár Kő
Client: Kaposvár Megyei Jogú Város Önkormányzata