Museum of Ethnography Budapest / NAPUR Architect

Museum of Ethnography Budapest / NAPUR Architect

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Text description provided by the architects. The new building of the Museum of Ethnography in the Budapest City Park (Városliget) was inaugurated (05/23/2022). The multi-award-winning new museum building – part of Europe’s largest urban and cultural development called Liget Budapest Project – designed by FERENCZ, Marcel; Napur Architect – has dynamic yet simple lines simultaneously harmonized with the park environment and communicating with the surrounding urban area. The City Park (Városliget) is a familiar place for the Museum of Ethnography: its collection made its debut here at the Millennium Exhibition of 1896. The City Park (Városliget) is not an entirely unknown place for the Museum of Ethnography, since it was here in 1896, at the National Millennium Exhibition.

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Plan - Public roof
Plan – Public roof
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The collection, which today includes 250,000 pieces from the Carpathian Basin and all over the world, has been housed in various facilities since its inception in 1872, but never in its history has it operated in a specifically designed building. to meet his needs. Needs. The current location, which once housed the Hungarian curia, is far from suitable to meet the requirements of a museum and is severely limited in terms of space and opportunities. Following the international design competition, successful construction and completion in May 2022, the Ethnography Museum has finally been given a new home in a truly modern building of a world-class standard that will meet professional demands. while meeting the needs of the collection and visitors.

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Plan - 1st floor
Plan – 1st floor
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According to the decision of an international jury, the competition was won by the Hungarian architectural studio Napur Architect (beating the main studios of world-class architects such as Zaha Hadid, BIG, etc.), whose building stands out by a dynamic but simple design. harmonizes with the natural environment of the park while communicating with the urban texture of its environment. The gently curving lines allow the building to function as a gateway and a passage connecting the city and the park. Sixty percent of the structure is below ground level, and thanks to the landscaped roof and the transparency of the sections on the ground, the new museum is adapted to its environment in its scale too. The grass-covered roof will be a pleasant community space awaiting visitors to Városliget.

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The spectacular hallmark of the building is the glass curtain wall enclosing the landscaped rooftop garden, reminiscent of two intertwined slopes, with a unique feature, composed of almost half a million pixels, a weft made by a grid metal based on ethnographic motifs selected from Hungarian and international collections. The pixels were inserted into a laser-cut aluminum grid by a special robot, more than 2,000 of which are attached to the building. The small cubes were composed of 20 contemporary Hungarian and 20 international reinterpretations of ethnographic motifs.

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The Museum of Ethnography is already recognized as one of the most exciting contemporary buildings on the continent. Proof of this is that it was elected for the Best Mega Futura Project of Europe (as part of the Liget Project) at the MIPIM Awards 2017 and won the highly contested title of World’s Best Architecture at the International Property Awards 2018. The project was the one of more than 1,700 entries from 115 countries, reviewed by a judging panel, which is chaired by four UK Lords as well as more than 80 global experts.

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Elevation
Elevation
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The new functions and flexible spaces of the modern, state-of-the-art museum building will facilitate understanding of the historical heritage embodied by the collection as well as the different aspects of contemporary society. In addition to the transmission of this historical heritage, the concretization of more recent themes and professional and research perspectives continues to be among the priority objectives of the museum, as confirmed by its mission. The creatively constructed spaces will open up new possibilities for communication with visitors, allowing the side-by-side presentation of everyday objects, phenomena and ideas from past and present. The purpose-built museum has been designed with maximum consideration of the required functions, and thus facilitates to a large extent the large-scale, modern and user-friendly operation of the institution, as well as the visually appealing and diverse presentation of material and of the spiritual of humanity. heritage, as well as the collection including Hungarian and international material.


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