Science Park - Nagykanizsa

The development area is located on the western edge of downtown Nagykanizsa, north of the line of Király Street - Vár Street. In the middle, in a north-south direction, the railway and the Dencsár Canal crosses it. It is bordered on the north by agricultural, forest, and near-natural areas, which are not intended for construction. To the south, on the axis of Vár Street, stood the castle which was built in the Ottoman era, which is an archaeological site and historical monument. The eastern pole of the development is the urban, traditionally built city center and residential area: the beautifully renovated Erzsébet Square and its surroundings. Its western pole is the renewable industrial park, where university and research buildings will be built. The campus will be built between the two poles of the development, which is currently a commercial, transport, and parking area, includes the Bus Station, Vásásrcsarnok, and Kanizsa Pláza.  
It is also clear from the above that a complex development can take place in this city with a long history, involving several types of zoning and exciting urban development, which represents an opportunity and a challenge in the life and development of the city. 

Planning program:

Implementation of Science Park. The Science Park conducts research-development, innovation, and educational activities in the area of the Circular Economy. In the planning program, we provided and compiled the space requirements and server areas of the necessary functions. During the compilation of the planning program, we considered it of paramount importance that the development should be based on the “3R” principle of the Circular Economy, as this is the only way to achieve a credible, sustainable, and economically viable investment in line with education and research. The planned development supports research and educational activities. It promotes organic integration into city life, thus providing mutual benefits for the existing and the new users and the quarters of the city. Connecting mixed areas of different uses in time and space is ideal for coordinating, diversifying, and extending life in the city and on campus.

The planning principles and goals were grouped around the three “R” in the planning program:

  • We have reduced the amount of energy, materials, and waste invested in development, construction, use, and operation. (Reduce)
  • We have used and renovated existing, valuable local buildings, public spaces, and on-site connections. We supported the production and use of local materials, local industry and businesses. (Reuse)
  • We have designed the buildings and building structures in such a way that they can be easily dismantled with little loss, taken to their original components so that they can be easily recycled. (Recycle)

The above principles and goals were primarily achieved and implemented with the following planning tools:

  • Rehabilitation, recycling, and development of an existing brownfield industrial site
  • Recycling, renovation, and development of buildings in the industrial area
  • Renovation of the facade of the Rotary office building on Erzsébet Square
  • Renovation of the building at the northern end of Erzsébet Square, installation of the empty plot
  • Renovation and development of public areas in the historic city center and the commercial zone
  • Rehabilitation and development of urban public spaces
  • Development and substantial increase in green spaces
  • Establishment of an active, recreational green promenade between Erzsébet Square and the industrial area
  • Forest walk passage and outdoor training ground
  • Shading of parking areas, partial covering, planting of vegetation
  • Development and support of pedestrian, cycling, and renewable energy modes transportation and networks
  • New train stop
  • Renovation and use of the existing industrial railway
  • Economical planning
  • Keeping the ecological footprint of investment and operation low
  • Low built-in and operating energy consumption
  • Use of systems based on renewable energy sources
  • Installation of vegetation with low water and maintenance requirements
  •  Priority use of environmentally friendly, natural, recyclable materials produced nearby
  •  On-site wastewater treatment and greenhouse
  •  Environmentally conscious certification (BREEAM, LEED)

We expect that the investment in the development area will have such an intellectual and economic impact on the narrower and wider environment of Nagykanizsa that it will attract additional domestic and international businesses to the site.

Location: Nagykanizsa
Function: public, master plan
Type: invited competition
Client:  Pannon Egyetem
Architecture: TIBA Építész Stúdió
Lead Architects:  Honti Viktória, Király Zoltán
Architect designers: Buzder-Lantos Zsófia, Darida Mónika, Jobbágy Ágnes, Szmetana Dávid 
Design: 2020