Inspired by nature - Skanska’s new Budapest landmark project H2Offices is launched

Press release 8/7/2020 8:00 AM CET

Skanska invests about EUR 65 M in the first phase of the new office complex H2Offices located in Budapest, Hungary. It will offer a total leasable area of about 26 000 square meters. Designed to obtain WELL and LEED certifications, the project stands out for its sustainable solutions, enhancing connection with nature and applying intelligent innovative functions.

H2Offices - Aerial view

Skanska started the development of H2Offices futureproof office complex, which is the company’s tenth project in Hungary. Located on the former site of Budapest Waterworks and building on this heritage, H2Offices will offer green environment at one of the busiest points of Budapest. The complex will consist of 3 buildings with a total leasable area of 65 000 sqm. The first building comprises eight floors above the ground and three underground parking levels. Situated in the 13th district of Budapest at the junction of Váci and Dózsa György roads, in the heart of Váci Corridor, the new project offers excellent location in direct vicinity to a public transportation hub and is in 5 minutes car ride from the city center and great visibility for our occupiers. 

Connection to nature and environmental consciousness are at the core of the concept. Designed by Arrow Architects from Denmark, the development will offer a mix of futureproof urban infrastructure, sustainable and innovative solutions as well as a landscaped placemaking which will be conceptually connected in with the heritage of the plot. The large multipurpose garden with a water feature will be open to the public, offering a variety of recreational experience, in the meantime serving as a meeting hub and a place for community life as well. 

“With H2Offices we intend to create an amazing working environment inspired by nature, for people to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the place, despite its location in a busy business hub on Váci road. At Skanska we create futureproof workplaces with a beneficial long lasting impact on human health and productivity. The new office complex, perfectly engineered for modern business demands, is a milestone in the sustainable office development and architecture of Budapest. H2Offices will be indeed a destination that energizes the business and engages the community.”– said Alexandra Tomášková, EVP Operations Hungary & Czech Republic. 

The uniqueness of the building is emphasized by the playful façade, the transparency of the structures on the ground floor creates a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor, turning the courtyard into a dynamic outdoor space. The spacious double height lobby will be designed in harmony with Skanska’s Scandinavian roots. An emphasis will be placed on forming recreational spaces supporting health and wellbeing of the occupiers, such as a rooftop running track with a view over the city, green urban terraces and an elevated walkway. 

Bicycle storage, lockers and showers will be available for those arriving by bike, and electric car chargers will be provided for electric car users. The complex will house retail units and other amenities for convenience of building users and residents of the surrounding area. H2Offices will be an integral part of the city and area, allowing free flow of inhabitants. 

Having at the heart of company’s initiatives the creation of a safe working environment for the occupiers of the projects, Skanska designed a new ‘Care for Life Office Concept’ to meet the current needs of workplaces and its users. The aim is to help company’s tenants with recommendations on how to balance safety, sustainability, design and social aspects within their modern office spaces. This approach is also supported by the most advanced technological solutions, such as Connected by Skanska, the company’s own integrated operating system. Through a single app experience, features as contactless entry and exit, activity based parking, virtual reception and card-free access, even remote control of office functions are available for the users, and all they need is a smartphone!

The project is aiming for WELL and LEED Platinum certifications. Construction works have started and the building is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2022.