House of Hungarian Music
BUILDING AN(-D) INSTRUMENT
The building itself is ’quiet’, simple and robust and seeks to push forward the value of the site and the park. A strong architectural frame for the new Museum of Hungarian Music.
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
The museum embraces the park and the trees thus creating an inner court yard for the open air stage.
The trees become an important part of the daily life in the museum creating a situation where the border between outside and inside is blurred. The changing light that is filtered through the branches and the sound of the wind through the trees gives the building a special identity and atmosphere. Nature is brought deep inside the museum and creates a recreational connection through the park.
URBAN STRATEGY = GREEN STRATEGY
The project seeks to protect as many of the existing trees as possible in order to keep the visual ‘depths’ of the park. The trees ‘filter’ the view of the museum from the park, the castle and from the Monument of the 1956 Revolution. This is contrasted by the towering sky lights that rise above the trees creating new sight lines from the city towards the museum.
The handling of artefacts is moved to the basement level in order to minimize the footprint of the building and remove the traffic around the building. A 6 meter wide ‘foot step’ surrounds the building creating a circular plaza punctuated by the existing trees. The plaza offers different public functions, a terrace for the café, open air lobby for the event hall etc. and allows for the exhibition to move outside with sound-mirrors, sound installations etc.
Inside outside | learning landscape
The landscape and the museum courtyards are integrated parts of the museums new playful sound environment. The landscape design focuses on robustness and variation in order to cope with the impact and wear of daily use.
Passages between the permanent and temporary exhibition loops allows the visitor to short cut and ‘design’ the visit and take active part in the story telling of the museum.
Adaptability / flexibility
Most essentially the layout allows a flexible exchange of space and square meters between the permanent exhibition and the temporary exhibition loop. The zone in between the two loops is negotiable and can be included in the temporary exhibition when needed – for large scale temporary exhibition or similar events. In the same way the event hall can open up into the temporary exhibition creating one continuous open exhibition space.
Informal and spontaneous learning and meeting spaces
We see the corridor spaces as much more than a communication space. By adding niches, ‘sound spaces’ music chambers etc. along the curving walls we transform the museum’s flow space, corridors and connections into individual places with specific spatial qualities and potentials relating to the exhibition layout.
But transparency in architecture is more than the properties of the glass material itself. Transparency also describes a buildings openness and accessibility, the continuity between inside and outside etc.
We see transparency as a dialogue between the inside spaces of the museum and the outside park and inner museum court yard.
Project: House of Hungarian Music Year: 2014 Client: The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest and Városliget Zrt. Type: Open International competition Location: Budapest, Hungary Programme: Music museum Area: 7.500m2 Architects: LETH & GORI Team: Karsten Gori, Uffe Leth, Junichi Matsumoto and Naima Callenberg Status: Idea