BORD Architectural Studio designed the first high-end office building in Debrecen, Hungary. Our vision was to create an exclusive industrial product with an interior designed like computers with their complex network of printed circuit boards and microchips encased into a unique, futuristic glazed box.

Being commissioned to design high comfort, environmentally conscious and sustainable offices resulted in an outstanding building, which has become an important factor in the business life of the region. The complex containing of about 22,000 square metres of office space is situated close to the city park and to the campus of the University of Debrecen and was built on a site richly provided by excellent infrastructure facilities.

The highly flexible interior spaces were divided into three building volumes that were covered by a multi-layered and multi-planar folded glazed box.

Located only ten minutes from the city centre the plot is surrounded by a green environment. Besides that we had to use architectural means to deal with the arising contradictory context of being located on the boundary of a calm residential area and a group of large public buildings. Therefore, the prior concern was to find the matching volume in order to connect the two different-scaled neighbourhoods. The solitary building has distinctive façades on each side based upon the requirements of the surroundings. The house appears more enclosed towards the residential area to preserve its intimate character. However, on the side of the entrance the structure opens up with grand, representative lobbies and visitors enter the office through spacious halls, restaurants and cafés.

Like a computer just way cooler.

We created a wide, intensive green line along the edges of the plot preserving the existing trees and thus protecting the inhabitants living nearby. Our aim was to design highly sustainable offices focusing on efficient energy consumption and maintenance in order to meet the requirements of the LEED Gold certification. The house has a transparent, clear and functional layout with a visionary skin that refracts light with its layers and reflects its environment providing a futuristic, state-of-the-art image and an unmistakable character. The tilted glass façade panels on the lateral sides protect from overheating and at the same time they give a unique appearance to the building. The V-shaped reinforced concrete structures with their glazed exterior are the most characteristic elements on the frontal façades of the blocks and also referring to the motifs on the lateral sides. This spectacular outer shell covers the building with a zigzag pattern pervading the house from its outermost layer to its load-bearing structure.

The architectural concept was inspired by the essential working tool of our age: the computer, which is the symbol of our modern world. Inside it is a complex network of cables, microchips and circuits whilst from the outside it is an ergonomic design product integrating various switches, buttons and displays into its surface all of which is organized in a sophisticated order.

In accordance with that, the interior of the building is a high comfort, energy efficient and sustainable product. All this is wrapped into a multi-layered, transparent, glazed box, which reveals the internal layout, thus creating an exclusive and completely integrated appearance. The created playful structural-geometric shape is greatly suitable for open-office spaces. When designing the common areas such as lobbies, restaurants and cafeterias the goal was to integrate the exterior into the interior spaces, thereby numerous natural materials and green walls were applied in the house.

Project info

  • Project Name Forest Offices Debrecen
  • Location Debrecen, Hungary
  • Gross Area 34 800 m2
  • Completion 2018
  • Client Forest Offices Debrecen Ltd.
  • General Design BORD Architectural Studio
  • Head Architect Péter Bordás
  • Coordinating Architect Eszter É. Vágvölgyi
  • Architect Team Melinda Ágota Angi, Róbert Benke, Noémi Gyárfás, Róbert Gulyás, Tamás Mezey, Tamás Tolvaj, Kata Zih, Réka Zsólyomi
  • Mechanical Engineering BORD Architectural Studio - Zoltán Hollókövi
  • Structural Engineering Hydrastat Mérnöki Iroda - Zsigmond Dezső
  • Photographer György Palkó