Hungarian studio wins competition for new Budapest’s Museum

Published at: 20/05/2016 03:14 pm

Hungarian studio wins competition for new Budapest’s Museum

Hungarian architects Napur have won the international design competition to design the new Museum of Ethnography building in Budapest. The firm – who worked in collaboration with architects and designers Rudolf Mihály, Orfi József, Bodonyi Csaba, Dávid Papp and Exon 2000 – overcame high-profile competition from 14 other design teams, including the likes of MVRDV, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture.

The winning scheme is a gradually curving convex volume with an intricate, partly-golden patterned facade and a grass-covered roof. It’s a great feeling to be honoured with a first prize in an international competition, Napur senior architects Marcel Ferencz and György Détári said. We did not expect it. Our first goal was just to find a correct form for the place. Innovation for us does not mean for us to use new technologies or new materials. It’s using common structures and materials to achieve the dreamt of architectural effect- he said to

The building will house a collection of more than 200,000 ethnographic artefacts and 400,000 historical documents. The Museum of Ethnography is a major component of a wider HUF75bn museum quarter scheme in Budapest’s City Park. Other museums in the area will include the House of Hungarian Music designed by Sou Fujimoto, the New National Gallery by SANAA and the Museum of Hungarian Architecture by KÖZTI Architects & Engineers. The quarter has been projected to draw an extra 300,000 tourists to Budapest every year, and draw the attention of those, who are interested in the Hungarian Residency Bond Program, as the city tries to compete with other popular culture destinations across Europe, such as Prague and Barcelona. (Photo: photosound/, The old building of the Museum of Ethnography in Budapest)


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