Corvinus University of Budapest - Setting and Architecture

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Setting and Architecture

The university is in an urban setting. The faculties operate in multiple buildings that stand in the city centre of Budapest.

The university's main building — now part of the UNESCO Heritage Site — is located in Pest on the left bank of the Danube, next to the Grand Market Hall and facing the Budapest University of Technology and Economics on the river's other bank. The main building was planned by Miklós Ybl as the Main Customs Office in neorenaissance style. It was finished in 1874. The building was called "Vámház" (Customs House) and "Fővámpalota" (Chief Customs Palace). This is also the name of the nearby avenue. The building was connected to ports of the Danube by four tunnels. It had a railroad connection. During WW2 the Hungarian, German and Soviet troops used the building as a military base. The Customs House suffered serious damage during the war. In 1948 it became the main building of the University of Economics. It underwent major renovations in 1950 and later in 1989-1990. Currently, much of the education of the business faculties (Faculty of Business Administration, Economics, Social Sciences) takes place in the main building. This is the location of the rector's offices as well.

The new Közraktár Street building of the university was completed in 2007. It was built for the cost of HUF 10 billion (EUR 40 million) and offers 50,000 m2 of floorspace, which includes an office building and education areas. The building has a state-of-the-art interior with spacious community areas and special wall light installations. The building hosts the 450-seat central library of the university which contains 100,000 books and journals.

The horticulture faculties are located on Villanyi Road on the Buda side of Budapest. A highlight of the Buda campus is the 7.5-acre (30,000 m2) Buda Arboretum, which includes trees of 1,640 species and hundreds of species of other plants. The arboretum is used as a demonstration garden in dendrology classes.

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