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Giant glass building soon to open as new Telekom HQ in Budapest

Photo : Wing Zrt.

Budapest’s biggest business headquarters will soon become a new hub for connecting people. Wedged between the Groupama Aréna and Népliget bus station in south Pest, a recently completed glass building will be home to 4,000 employees of the Telekom and T-Systems companies for telecommunications and IT services. Spread across nine floors, the edifice offers such leisure facilities as a rooftop running track, a lake and a fitness centre.

Glass panels equalling the size of 14 football pitches and steel weighing as much as 55 Boeing 747-type airplanes went into the construction of what is now Hungary’s biggest headquarters. However, the building is not only outstanding in its size, but also in its unique features. A 200-metre-long panoramic running track, a fitness centre, even a garden with a lake, is contained within this sleek business park.

Photo: Wing Zrt.

After all the interior fittings and IT infrastructure are installed, employees can start using its open and secluded offices, several meeting rooms and a conference centre that can seat 300 people at any one time. Staff members will be served in two in-house restaurants and café.

 

A three-storey parking garage is equipped with 50 charging stations for electric cars and 344 bike lockers. It directly leads to 16 shower units for cyclists to freshen up before heading over to the office.

Photo: Wing Zrt.

Designed by the local TIBA Studio, the project was commissioned out to the Hungarian WING Zrt. property development company, while Market Zrt. was in charge of the construction that lasted 28 months.