Underground Minimalism

The Modernisation of Four Stations of M3 Line

Architects: Zoltán Erő, Balázs Csapó, Gergely Hartmann, Anikó Kármán, Viktor Polonyi, Klára Szilágyi, Annamária Bretz
Text: Mária Tatai
Photos: Zsolt Hlinka

Four old-and-new stations of metro line No. 3 were opened tot he public in October, 2020: those at Határ út, Pöttyös utca, Ecseri út and Népliget. This underground line was built between 1970 and 1990. The section between Kőbánya-Kispest and Nagyvárad Square was inaugurated in 1980. This latest reconstruction project was launched in 2017 and is projected to be completed in 2022, including engineering systems, transport technologies, fire and emergency routes and acoustics. Our first impression at each of the four stations is that of a kind of „minimalism”. Architectural minimalism roughly means that breath-taking spatial influences and elegance may be achieved also by simple means, few but inventive and effective formation, modest and reserved materials, minimal palettes. These stations approach and come very close to this kind of model.

Client: BKV Zrt. – MFPI
Main contractor: STRABAG Zrt.
General design: FŐMTERV Zrt., László Kovács
General architecture: Zoltán Erő, Balázs Csapó, Gergely Hartmann, Anikó Kármán, Viktor Polonyi, Klára Szilágyi, Annamária Bretz; Paragram Stúdió Kft., Palatium M4 Projekt Kft.
Accessibility: Bernadett Babits, Henriett Szabó
Furniture: Zsolt Kosztolányi, András Klopp – A Plusz Stúdió Kft.
Benches: Péter István Varga, Márk Nagy-Mihály, Rozália Juhász, Szabolcs Vajda – VPI Kft.
Passenger informations: Zoltán Bukovics, Gábor Dávid
 
Népliget, Ecseri út és Határ út stations:
Bright Field Studios Ltd.
Architects: Máté Antal, Soma Hajnal, Zoltán Tóth
Fellow architects: Zsófia Szántay, Katalin Fábry, Rita Mottl, Szilvia Palkó, Judit Nikl
Graphic design: Katalin Fábry, Zoltán Tóth, Fanni Sall, Dóra Novotny, Máté Antal, Soma Hajnal

Pöttyös utca station:
Bognár Kft., PARAGRAM Stúdió Kft., A Plusz Stúdió Kft.
Architects: Dóra Brückner, Balázs Gurdon, Zsolt Kosztolányi