Search HU
This article was updated more than a year ago and may contain outdated information.


Oldest palace on Kossuth tér to be renovated – and partly demolished

Backdropped by Parliament, an unconventional renovation project will be carried out which pushes the boundaries of heritage reconstruction in order to restore the historic palace of the Ministry of Agriculture to its former glory.

Founded in 1848, the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture were the first public administration offices to be built in Hungary during the Dual Monarchy. Opened in 1887, this historic building needs renovation which will be carried out in the upcoming three years.

The remodelling will certainly bring about a change of scenery to Kossuth tér, as the works will include the partial demolition of the Italian Neo-Renaissance building designed by Gyula Bukovics, a Viennese-born Hungarian architect whose greatest mentor was none other than Miklós Ybl of Opera House fame.

Válasz Online revealed the reason behind this surprising decision: the once appealing monumentality of the building has always been impractical and it could never function adequately in accordance with its intended purposes as an office space.

The ravages of time and unjust treatment have also left their marks on the place. Ornaments of the façade were removed and two new storeys were added to the structure in the 1920s. 

Throughout its 130 year-plus existence, the building was given several modernising facelifts but a full-scale renovation has never been on the table – until now.  The team behind the project, Archikon Architects, are dedicated professionals renowned for notable heritage reconstruction works such as the Párisi Udvar and the Palatinus baths.

This current renovation project entails more than just heritage reconstruction: interior alterations should enhance functionality while a new multi-storey car park under the building will provide three levels of parking for visitors. To successfully implement these refreshing ideas, architects had to settle for the partial demolition of the building.

Following up on this decision, most of the wings surrounding the inner courtyards and the one overlooking Kozma Ferenc utca will be completely pulled down. 

If there’s a silver lining to the demolition, it’s that the building will finally get its well-deserved, full-scale renovation: formerly divided corridors of the central courtyard will be merged and the original ornamentation of the façade will return to its rightful place.

The real cherry on the top is that the construction of a passage between Kossuth tér and Kozma Ferenc utca will open up the most magnificent spaces of the palace to pedestrians walking through its entry hall and central courtyard.


Related content

See amazing photos of Budapest through the lens of local photographer Krisztián Bódis


Budapest-based photographer Krisztián Bódis has crafted a special collection of his stunning photos just for We Love Budapest readers.

Budapest covered in snow – See photos of yesterday's snowfall


A magical scenery welcomed everyone strolling the streets of Budapest yesterday: a snowfall covered the city in a white blanket.

Photos of Budapest: Autumn of 2023


Autumn is ready to drop the mic, but before we immerse ourselves in the festivities, let's pause and look back on how pretty this season has been.


Behind Closed Doors: Discover 8 Budapest apartment buildings turned dining, coffee, and party hotspots


Take a sneak peek into these eight classic Budapest apartment buildings.