Elegant arches, openness to the world, and functionality. In a nutshell, this is the message of the SkyCourt building which was shaped by Ybl-prize-winning architect Zoltán Tima and the team of designers of KÖZTI from concrete, glass, and steel, as well as a number of additional high-quality materials. The building primarily serves departing passengers, and all bags checked in at T2A and T2B pass through the baggage sorting system installed underneath the building. The glazed façade of the departure transit provides an exquisite view for passengers into the life of the airport, preparing them for the pleasant excitement of the flight they are about to board.
The 24 000-square-meter building commissioned by Budapest Airport was built between 2009 and 2011 – within the planned budget of EUR 100 million (about 31 billion HUF) and to deadline. The design-and-build contractor of this special construction project was Szeged-based KÉSZ Építőipari Zrt; their steel works in Kecskemét produced the roof support girders spanning 70 meters and weighing 70 tons each. These building components were lifted into position during night shifts with synchronized movements of three tower cranes. The designers and builders of SkyCourt have received extensive domestic and international recognition of their outstanding work.
The spacious sun-filled hall of SkyCourt was used by no less than 21 million passengers since its handover, browsing in its elegant shops or visiting its cafés and restaurants. The retail offer of SkyCourt is focused on domestic products, unique souvenir items, and Hungarian specialty products, along with global international brands.
“During the last five years of operation the building of SkyCourt has proven its outstanding values both for passengers and the airport,” said Stephan Schattney, director Corporate Unit Technical, who was in charge of the construction from the very beginning to the inauguration. He added: “Although we have witnessed quite a number of changes in aviation, the building of SkyCourt helped us to cope with new challenges due to its landmark design and versatility. It makes passengers certainly feel ‘at home’ immediately, the openness of the design gives us a lot of light and an atmosphere of inclusion in the life of the airport before boarding. Passengers can see the entire airfield and both runways through the giant glass wall. It really is what it was meant to be: a signature building for the city of Budapest and Hungarian aviation.”
On the fifth anniversary of the handover of SkyCourt, Budapest Airport surprised passengers with mignons in typical airport colors.