The buildings originally served as storage houses for the trade of agriculutral products transported on the Danube in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Two of the buildings were renovated and connected with a modern glass shell by 2011. The intended function was commercial and cultural with special focus on gastronomy. The ownership and the use of the building generated public debate.
A large part of the building complex seems empty and dead inside. The only successful part are the pubs with the open terraces overlooking to the Danube, in summer. It is popular both among the tourists and the locals, though with a proper cultural function it could attract more of the tourist crowd dominating the city center.
The intended function was commercial and cultural with special focus on gastronomy. The ownership and the use of the building generated public debate. Now there are pubs with terraces looking to the Danube, partly inside and partly outside, and some folklore-souvenir shops. The website says they have some gastro-events from time to time.
1093 Budapest, Fővám tér 11-12.
Anonymous, “Bálna, Budapest,” Heritage Reuse – Old Buildings with New Life, accessed May 28, 2020, http://crowdsourcingheritage.net/items/show/49.