The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) headquarters is getting a revamp starting this summer. The first phase of the renovation project will focus on upgrading and expanding the exhibition halls in the building. The MTA is preparing for its 200th anniversary and plans to make the building more accessible, better equipped, and sustainable for members of the science community and those interested in science.
The current headquarters is located in Széchenyi István Square in Budapest and was built in between 1862 and 1865 using public donations, marking the start of neo-Renaissance historicism in the city. The revamp will involve the total floor space of 12,000sqm and a building behind it that houses the library. One of the primary aims is to increase public spaces and open new exhibition halls to make the building more accessible to the public and provide disabled access.
The first phase of the project, scheduled to be completed in 2024, will also include the full upgrade of the roof structure and large windows to make the building more energy-efficient. After the completion of the first phase, the plan is to replace the current parking area in front of the building with green surfaces to celebrate the 200th anniversary in 2025. The second phase of the project will involve building a new conference hall for 300 people, a new reception area for the library, and the opening of public spaces in the building.
The MTA’s plans for renovating and upgrading its headquarters aim to welcome more visitors and present a more open and sustainable building to the science community.