By the end of the year, the plans for the new campus of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University will be completed

Hungarian version of the article: Év végére elkészülnek a Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem új campusának tervei

July 26, 2021 at 5:00 PM

The monumental values of the Károlyi Palace and the Esterházy Palace must be preserved and the spirituality represented by Catholic education must be displayed - these conditions must also be met by the 12 architectural firms that were given the opportunity to design the campus of Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Józsefváros. The task must be completed by September, and the results will be announced in November.

The first phase of the tender announced by the Budapest Development Center (BFK) for the design of the new campus of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University has been completed, by the decision of the committee 12 applicant got the opportunity to desing the plans of the new, modern camps of the university in the centre of Józsefváros, in the Palace District.  "Twelve applicants can start, we are expecting twelve exciting plans," concluded Balázs Fürjes, Secretary of State for Developments in Budapest, and chairman of the committee. 

The campus of the university will be in the Palace District. Today the area looks like this from Pollack Mihály Square (Photo: Google Streetview)

Applicants are responsible for designing a university library, research centre, laboratories, as well as a sports facility and a special college in addition to the basic functions directly related to education and training. At the same time, the monumental values of the Károlyi and Esterházy palaces on the future campus must be preserved and the spirituality that Catholic education has represented - beyond borders - for centuries must be displayed.  

The garden facade of the Károlyi Palace, photographed by György Klösz in 1877 (Source: FSZEK BTM Kiscelli Museum Photo Gallery No.: F.64.780.4.)

The list of architectural firms that entered the second round of the design competition can be found here:

As already reported, the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPKE), which has been operating in a fragmented manner in the former buildings of the Hungarian Radio, will create a consolidated campus in the Palace District of Józsefváros,i in an area bordered by Szentkirályi Street- Múzeum Street - Pollack Mihály Square and Bródy Sándor Street.

Marked in yellow, which buildings are affected by the campus development (Source: Budapest Development Center)

The goal is creating a university campus that meets the needs of the 21th century, where students, lecturers and researchers can continue their daily activities in educational and community spaces of the right quality - it can be read on the website. The investment is expected to be completed by 2027.

Cover photo: The new campus of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University will be built in the heart of Józsefváros, in the Palace District (Source:

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