BUDAPEST, MARGARET ISLAND, MODEL FOR THE DEER PARK 1996
Exploring the site, we had to realize that the spaces should be defined primarily by the scale and relationship of the existing trees, and not the intended buildings. Therefore, we prepared two models, showing the trees with a view perpendicular and a view parallel to the Danube.
Péter Kis, Krisztina Magyar
Physical model by Péter Kis, Krisztina Magyar, Balázs Szlabey
Photo by Edina Lisztes
Margaret Island (Margitsziget), known as “Rabbits’ Island” until the 14th century, used to be a game park and a hunting ground for nobility from the early Middle Ages. The animal park of the island - inhabited by small game, Hungarian forest and domestic animals, and some exotic bird species - has been existing since the 1950s. By the 1990s, the condition of the area was so degraded that a complete renewal was necessary. As part of this process, our studio prepared the plans for new buildings to provide shelter for the animals of the Park. The project was finally realized in 2002, when the capital entrusted the operation of the Park to the Budapest Zoological and Botanical Garden. In 2002, the complex was nominated for Piranesi Award.
We prepared a model and a plan for the new buildings.