Budapest Design Terminal goes from strength to strength
Budapest Design Terminal is an art centre; a home for galleries and shops. It features exhibitions of industrial design and contemporary art, as well as a monthly market for arts and crafts known as WAMP. It is often involved in international exhibitions and festivals such as the Budapest Fashion Week in April and the Budapest Design Week in the first week of October. (the 2014 theme is "Figurative Sense: - the pervasive nature of smart technology on art and design")
Here you can find such diverse creations as toys, furniture and jewelery, as well as the ubiquitous and very popular range of clothes that always gravitate here.
The long low Bauhaus-style building has stood since 1948, in a great location in the middle of the city, between the public park and the Aquarium at Elisabeth Square, Buda. (which by the way was known as Stalin Square at the time, and later in 1953, became Engels Square, and only reverted to its pre-soviet name of Elisabeth square in 1990) It was originally used as a long-distance coach terminal in an era when coach travel was the only real alternative to rail transport. Everyone in the city had used it or knew of it, so it's site is firmly etched in the public's collective mind. Even now that the buses have gone, it is still easy to reach, being sandwiched between the M1 (yellow) Metro stop at Ferenc Deák Square, the bus lines on Bajcsy-Zsilinszky and the cycle path leading ip Andrássy Avenue.
For more info on the Terminal's transformation, check out this interesting articel from the New York Times!
The centre is open every day except Mondays though the summer from May all the way until February.