Updated designs released for Budapest museum

5 March 2019
Credit: Napur Architect
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Napur reveal detailed concept featuring landscaped roof

Napur Architect have released updated designs for Budapest’s Museum of Ethnography, part of a vast development set to transform the city’s oldest park through the expansion of its green areas and the creation of new cultural buildings. The Városliget park is a familiar venue for museum, with its original collection debuting at the location during the 1896 Millennium Exhibition. However, its current location in a former Ministry of Justice building in Kossuth Square is limited in terms of space and opportunities to display and archive its 250,000 items. Hungarian company Napur Architect won the 2016 international design competition to find a bespoke facility, beating leading firms such as Zaha Hadid and BIG.

The winning concept harmonises with the natural environment while also referencing its urban surroundings. Gently curving lines enable the building to function as a passage linking the city to the park, while sixty percent of the structure is below ground. The inclusion of a landscaped roof will create a community space for park visitors, while the transparency of the above-ground sections allows the potentially imposing building to blend in with the Városliget area. Inside, several floors housing exhibitions will surround an open area in the centre of the museum. Napur architects stated: “The physical and visual division of the building into two parts expresses the duality of the basic function, and also reflects the surrounding city fabric.”

Scheduled for completion in 2020, the museum is already recognized as an exciting contemporary building. The design was voted for the Best Mega Futura Project of Europe (as part of the Liget Project) at the 2017 MIPIM Awards, and won the title of World’s Best Architecture at the 2018 International Property Awards.

Lucy Nordberg
TenderStream Head of Research

This competition was first published by TenderStream on 07.01.2016 here

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