in 2016, a competition to determine the designer the museum of ethnography in hungary resulted in a shortlist of 15 high-profile teams. the winner of the contest was locally-based firm napur architect, who beat established names such as BIG, OMA, and zaha hadid architects to win the commission. the new building forms part of liget budapest, a vast development that involves the complete rehabilitation of the centrally located city park. as part of the masterplan, scheduled to complete by 2020, the development will also include the house of hungarian music, designed by sou fujimoto, and the new national gallery, designed by SANAA.

ethnography museum budapest napur architect
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as part of liget budapest, the collection that comprises the museum of ethnography will be housed in a purpose built facility for the first time. napur architect describes its design as having dynamic yet simple lines that both harmonize with the park environment and communicate with the surrounding urban area. positioned at the edge of the park, the project has been conceived as a gateway to the city that allows pedestrians to access its two green roofs. in fact, sixty percent of the structure will be below ground, with its two ends curving upwards to bring in natural light and provide additional floor space.

ethnography museum budapest napur architect

 

 

‘the new functions and flexible spaces of the modern and state-of-the-art museum building will facilitate the understanding of the historical heritage embodied by the collection as well as the various aspects of contemporary society,’ says napur architect. ‘the creatively built spaces will open up new opportunities to communicate with visitors, enabling the presentation of the everyday objects, phenomena and ideas of the past and the present side by side.’ read more about the liget budapest development on designboom here.

ethnography museum budapest napur architect

ethnography museum budapest napur architect

ethnography museum budapest napur architect

ethnography museum budapest napur architect

ethnography museum budapest napur architect

ethnography museum budapest napur architect

ethnography museum budapest napur architect

 

 

 

project info:

 

general designer: napur architect ltd.
structural designer: exon 2000 ltd.
location: budapest, hungary
size: 36,000 sqm / 387,500 sqf
scheduled completion date: 2020
building levels: 4
official website: liget budapest