The new Central European University building contrasts starkly against the surrounding buildings in the downtown core of Budapest, Hungary. The majority of the structures in that area of the historic city are mid-rise buildings full of luxurious lofts, with elaborate gothic facades that were common during the time they were built. Nestled in between two such buildings, Central European University completely eschews such tendencies in favor of smooth and sleek modernist gestures familiar to Bauhaus architecture.
Aside from the juxtaposition on the outside of the building, Central European University has an attractive interior as well. Since the building is pushed directly into a longstanding apartment block, it is built around traditional brick walls and simple arches on the inside. Its expansive glass and swirling concrete staircases further contrast with the original structures.