I spent three years in Budapest working on Budapest Castle Gardens, a World Heritage Site. I worked with an architect and the developer on a design and business model to sensitively adapt the building to new uses and attract visitors.
The balance between creating new uses which could bring visitors and income to the castle, while preserving the building fabric and integrity of the site, was a challenge that required a very sensitive approach to access and space planning. Sir Giles Downes, architect for the renovation of the Windsor Great Hall in Great Britain, created early concept designs for the castle which both met the brief of early investors, while at the same time giving confidence to local conservationists that the ancient building fabric would be retained.
Above left: Varkertbazar