It is four smaller buildings in the northeastern section of the facility that received the permission first. These buildings are existing ones from among those of the Northern Vehicle Repair facility, and they will constitute the first stage of the development.
Building permission has been received by the first buildings of the new Museum of Technical Transport, said Dávid Vitézy on the public website of the Representative Director of the Museum. In this post he also related that in Resolution of 24th of September the Government made a decision that the demolition and remediation works on the site can start as early as next year. Work is being already done on the relevant construction tender announcement. After this, the construction of the four smaller buildings that now received the building permission is to be commenced soon. Design work on the major, central museum block is still in the process, issue of the relevant building permissions are expected for the beginning of 2022.
Here are the four buildings that have received the building permission:
- The iconic, cold war shelter/bunker, built in the fifties. It is a listed monument, with an almost intact set of equipments at that, a unique national treasure. The exhibition shows these equipments and also the history of the bunker, offering an insight into the world of the cold war with its constant nuclear threat. Artistic installations are also envisaged in the plans of the building.
- Next to the above is the single floor, railway-mood inspiring building, destined to be the restaurant and cafe of the museum.
- The northernmost building of the bunch, a former locomotive weighing house built in the seventies, will also be kept, but with a new function: it is intended to be a smallish restaurator’sworkshop, where -according to plans- in the restoration ofcertain major vehicles, outside volunteers, transport-philes, can also be involved beyond the museum staff.
- This is the only building of the facility that survived II. WW., once a storage building of a railway character, where an event- and exhibition area will be housed. Social functions, carrying on the once rich cultural life of the Northern Vehicle Repair Facility may also appear on the palette.
At the international competition for the design of the new Technical Transport Museum in 2019, by a unanimous decision of the jury, it was the Diller Scofidio + Renfro architectural practice of world fame from New York, and its Hungarian partner the M-Teampannon architectural practice led by Tamás Noll that was awarded first prize. By a government decree, the project will in its entirety be sponsored from the national budget.
„The new Technical Transport Museum with its doubled size permanent exhibition, with the comprehensive rehabilitation of a former industrial zone (including the establishment of a new railway station), with its new public spaces and new, quality green areas may be the catalytic force to the renewal of the abandoned and neglected industrial and railway areas of the whole city-quarter Kőbánya/Józsefváros. The goal is to bring about a new, family friendly cultural quarter of international quality, that also helps further development of its vicinity” - concludes the article by Dávid Vitézy.