Museum of Ethnography in Liget Budapest

Museum of Ethnography, Liget Budapest Public Building Project, Architecture Design, Images

Museum of Ethnography in Liget Budapest

Large Architecture Development in Hungary – design by NAPUR Architect Ltd.

18 Feb 2019

Museum of Ethnography

Design: NAPUR Architect Ltd.

Location: Liget, Budapest, Hungary

Museum of Ethnography

The multiple award-winning new museum building – which is part of Europe’s largest urban-cultural development called Liget Budapest Project – designed by Napur Architect has dynamic yet simple lines simultaneously harmonised with the park environment and communicating with the surrounding urban area. The City Park (Városliget) is a familiar venue for the Museum of Ethnography: its collection debuted here at the 1896 Millennium Exhibition.

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

The City Park (Városliget) is not an entirely unknown venue for the Museum of Ethnography, since it was here in 1896, at the National Millennium Exhibition.

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

The collection, which now comprises 250 thousand items from the Carpathian Basin and from every corner of the world, has been hosted by various facilities since its establishment in 1872, but never in its history did it operate in a building designed specifically to cater to its needs. The current location, which once was home to the Hungarian Curia, is far from being suitable to meet the requirements of a museum, and is severely limited in terms of space and opportunities.

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

As a result of the international design competition, the Museum of Ethnography will be finally given a new home in a truly modern building of an all-round world-class standard that will satisfy professional requirements, while catering to the needs of the collection and visitors alike.

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

According to the decision of an international jury, the competition was won by the Hungarian architectural studio, Napur Architect (beating leading world-class architect studios such as Zaha Hadid, BIG, etc.), whose building is distinguished by a dynamic yet simple design harmonised with the natural environment of the park while communicating with the urban texture of its surroundings.

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

The gently curving lines enable the building to function as a gateway and a passage linking the city and the park. Sixty percent of the structure is under ground level, and thanks to the landscaped roof and the transparency of the sections over the ground, the new museum is adapted to its environment in its scale too. The grass-covered roof area will be a pleasant community space awaiting visitors to Városliget.

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

The Museum of Ethnography is already recognized as one of the most exciting contemporary building in the continent. Evidence of that, it was voted for the Best Mega Futura Project of Europe (as part of the Liget Project) at the MIPIM Awards 2017, and has won the fiercely contested title of World’s Best Architecture at the 2018 International Property Awards.

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

The project was one of over 1700 entries from 115 countries, scrutinised by a judging committee, which is chaired by four UK Lords as well as over 80 global experts.

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

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. Besides passing down this historical heritage, the realisation of more recent professional and research themes and perspectives continues to be among the priority objectives of the museum, as confirmed by its mission. 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.

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

The purpose-built museum was designed with maximum consideration for the required functions, and thus facilitates the large-scale, modern, user-friendly operation of the institution to a significant degree, along with the visually enticing and diverse display of mankind’s material and spiritual heritage, as well as the collection comprising Hungarian and international material.

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

Museum of Ethnography – Building Information

Project size: 36000 sqm
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 4

General Designer: NAPUR Architect Ltd.
Structural Designer: EXON 2000 Ltd.

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

Museum of Ethnograph in Liget Budapest

Images: AXION Visual

Museum of Ethnography in Liget, Budapest images / information received 180219

Location: Liget, Budapest, Hungary




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