BIG, Tschumi, MVRDV Among 15 Shortlisted for Hungary's Museum of Ethnography

14:00 - 4 February, 2016
Városliget (City Park). Image © Liget Budapest
Városliget (City Park). Image © Liget Budapest

Zaha Hadid, Coop Himmelb(l)au, and OMA are some of 15 major practices that have been shortlisted in the second (and final) stage of a competition to design the new Museum of Ethnography in Budapest. The building will be one of four new museums being built in Hungary's 200-year-old Városliget (City Park) as part of the Liget Budapest project, which includes SANAA's Ludwig Museum and Sou Fujimoto’s House of Hungarian Music.

"For the first time since the foundation of the Museum of Ethnography that is, for over 140 years now, it has become possible to permanently place the museum in a building worthy for the collection, to be built specifically for this function. In addition, the construction of the new building of the Museum of Ethnography will solve another more than half a century problem: by relocating the institution, the Kúria (former Ministry of Justice) building, recently housing the museum, can regain its original function," says Liget Budapest.

The 15 finalists include: 

Zsolt Hlinka's Urban Symmetry Photographs Reimagine Danube River Architecture

06:00 - 27 January, 2016
© Zsolt Hlinka
© Zsolt Hlinka

Budapest-born printmaker and photographer Zsolt Hlinka has created Urban Symmetry, a Wes Anderson reminiscent photo series depicting perfectly-symmetrical buildings on the banks of the Danube River. Using partial photos of the buildings, Hlinka creates fictitious compositions through reflections, resulting in new personalities and character in the portraits.

Hello Wood Creates Three Christmas Trees in Budapest, London and Manchester

04:00 - 21 December, 2015
Three Christmas Trees in three European cities. Image © Miklós Vargha, Zsolt Szigetváry
Three Christmas Trees in three European cities. Image © Miklós Vargha, Zsolt Szigetváry

For the third consecutive year, Hello Wood—an international educational platform of design and architecture based in Hungary—have "rethought the Christmas Tree." Their three festive installations, in London, Manchester and Budapest, have been designed to live beyond the holiday season and will be recycled into new structures to help different causes in the New Year. "The role of architecture has changed a lot in the last few years," says Peter Pozsar, co-founder of Hello Wood. "Hello Wood represents this socially responsive architecture."

View the three projects after the break.

SANAA Selected to Design Hungary’s New National Gallery – Ludwig Museum

09:44 - 27 November, 2015
© SANAA
© SANAA

After having tied with Snøhetta in a restricted competition to design the New National Gallery -- Ludwig Museum in Budapest, SANAA’s proposal has ultimately been selected as the winner, following negotiations held over the past few months. The gallery and museum will be located in the 200-year-old Városliget (City Park) and are part of the larger Liget Budapest project, which seeks to revive the park by 2018 with the addition of five new museum buildings, including Sou Fujimoto’s House of Hungarian Music.  

Strict Elegance / batlab architects

05:00 - 21 November, 2015
© Norbert Juhász
© Norbert Juhász

© Norbert Juhász © Norbert Juhász © Norbert Juhász © Norbert Juhász +21

BAOBAO / 81 font

04:00 - 31 October, 2015
© Dániel Dömölky
© Dániel Dömölky

© Dániel Dömölky © Dániel Dömölky © Dániel Dömölky © Dániel Dömölky +14

Ilcsi Beauty Workshop / sporaarchitects

13:00 - 11 September, 2015
© Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi

© Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi +25

Atelier YokYok Creates Wood Forest Installation in Budapest

08:00 - 5 September, 2015
Courtesy of Atelier YokYok
Courtesy of Atelier YokYok

Atelier YokYok, in partnership with Sammode, created a temporary geometric forest called “TREEDOM” for the 2015 Sziget Festival in Budapest. Constructed in nine days before the festival, and then dismounted in two days afterwards, the installation was composed of 37 wood poles, and over 200 boards, with the highest point extending 10 meters.

Parish Church of the Celestial Queen / 4 plusz Építész Stúdió

05:00 - 20 August, 2015
© Albertszki Tamás
© Albertszki Tamás

© Albertszki Tamás © Albertszki Tamás © Albertszki Tamás © Albertszki Tamás +25

Batthyány László Institute for the Blind / A4 Studio

18:00 - 31 July, 2015
Courtesy of A4 Studio
Courtesy of A4 Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Budapest, Mátyás király utca 29, 1162 Hungary
  • Architect in Charge

    Géza Kendik, Zoltán Papp, Orsolya Maza, Viktória Dóczy, Sándor Gombár
  • Constructor

  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of A4 Studio

Courtesy of A4 Studio Courtesy of A4 Studio Courtesy of A4 Studio Courtesy of A4 Studio +24

MenoMenoPiu Proposes a Circular Form for the House of Hungarian Music

08:00 - 14 June, 2015
Exterior. Image Courtesy of +imgs
Exterior. Image Courtesy of +imgs

Envisioning the House of Hungarian Music as the new center of distribution within Liget Park, MenoMenoPiu Architects proposed a circular form for the concert hall, facilitating circulation to and from the museum and within the park. Although not the final winner of the Liget-Budapest Competition, “The Circle” demonstrates an interesting organizational strategy and perspective on sound. 

Music Hall. Image Courtesy of +imgs Aerial View. Image Courtesy of +imgs Entrance. Image Courtesy of +imgs Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of +imgs +14

Dekoratio Branding & Design Studio / Dekoratio

15:00 - 29 May, 2015
© Balint Jaksa
© Balint Jaksa

© Balint Jaksa © Balint Jaksa © Balint Jaksa © Balint Jaksa +26

SANAA and Snøhetta Tie for Budapest's New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum

06:00 - 15 April, 2015
via inexhibit
via inexhibit

SANAA and Snøhetta have been jointly awarded first prize in a restricted competition to build a "New National Gallery - Ludwig Museum" in Budapest's 200-year-old Városliget (City Park). Lauded for their "equally outstanding" proposals, the winning teams will now meet with the jury to be judged "on professional and financial considerations." 

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and the joint proposal of Balázs Mihály's Architect Studio and the Faculty of Architecture of Budapest University of Technology and Economics were awarded second prize. 

The competition is part of a larger cultural project that aims to renew the city's Városliget by 2018 with five new museum buildings built inside the expanded park area.

A closer look at the winning schemes, after the break. 

K4 Office Building / 3h architecture

14:00 - 10 April, 2015
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
  • Architects

    3h architecture
  • Location

    Budapest, Hungary
  • Design Team

    Andras Mark Bartha, Zsombor Feher, Lilla Kantor, Bence Kertesz, Anna Sara Kiss, Tamas Nemeth, Orsolya Pataj
  • Design architects

    Katalin Csillag, Zsolt Gunther
  • Project Architect

    Tamas Bekesi
  • Area

    23330.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky +19

Why Budapest's Contemporary Architects had to Go Underground to Find Success

09:30 - 8 April, 2015
Gellert Station / sporaarchitects. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky
Gellert Station / sporaarchitects. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky

This article by ArchDaily's former managing editor Vanessa Quirk first appeared on ArtsCultureBeat, the web magazine of Arts & Culture concentration at Columbia Journalism School’s MA program, titled "The Secret Life of Hungarian Contemporary Architecture."

This time last year, Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán stood at a podium in a pristine new subway station. Raw concrete beams criss-crossed above him; state-of-the art, driverless trains stood silently beside him. It was the opening ceremony for Line 4, a subway line that due to delays, corruption, and disputes had been 40 years in the making.

“The people of Budapest began to accept the thought that only their grandchildren would use Budapest’s new Metro line, or not even them.” Orbán told the crowd. He recounted an old joke that embodied the cynicism that once surrounded the project: Chuck Norris had been on Metro Line 4.

Orbán credited the line’s completion, which occurred only a few weeks before the 2014 parliamentary elections, to “the solidarity and unity that was established in 2010 [when Orbán’s government took power] and has since been maintained.” He didn’t mention how, under his first government (1998 to 2002), he had withheld funds from the project, contributing significantly to its delay. Nor did he mention that his party had fought against the idea that the line, an expensive infrastructural project, needed architecture at all.

Today, though, the line’s stunning architecture is its most noticeable feature. Line 4 is not just a watershed achievement in Hungary’s history, but also a symbol of what it takes to make contemporary architecture in Hungary today. Both literally and figuratively, contemporary architecture had to go underground.

Fovam Station / sporaarchitects. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Gellert Station / sporaarchitects. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Kálvin tér Station / PALATIUM Studio. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Bikás Park Station / PALATIUM Studio. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky +7

Playing with Balance and the Balance of Play: Hello Wood's 2014 Camp

10:30 - 3 April, 2015
Cornwalk / Ákos Juhász + Dániel Eke. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky
Cornwalk / Ákos Juhász + Dániel Eke. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky

A shortened version of this article by ArchDaily's Managing Editor Rory Stott appears in HW 1-5, a book by the organizers of Hello Wood about the camp's first five years.

Arriving at Budapest’s international airport on a warm Saturday in July, I confess to being unprepared for my week ahead at Hello Wood 2014. Hungary was the third country and Budapest the fourth city I had been in in 72 hours, and thanks to this (uncharacteristically) chaotic week, I hadn’t had the chance to research anything about the camp. All I knew was what could be learned from the photos of the 2013 camp which I had published almost a year earlier: that is, that the camp is held in an idyllic rural setting, presumably a significant distance from Budapest; and that the quality of work seems unusually high for a week-long architecture workshop, presumably indicating a serious, focused atmosphere at the camp.

The first of these assumptions was absolutely right. But the second could hardly be more wrong. In fact the atmosphere at the camp was so far from being serious that by Tuesday, Gábor Betegh - a friend of the organizers and coincidentally Cambridge University’s new Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy - told me how fascinating it was to compare the “centripetal madness” of the philosophers he knows to the “very centrifugal madness” of the architects at the camp. This remark was made in response to one of the team leaders screeching like a monkey from the top of his team’s half-completed tower.

© Géza Talabér © Anna Vághy Playground / Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop. Image © Géza Talabér © Géza Talabér +20

Doboz Bar / Péter Szendrő

21:00 - 26 March, 2015

© Zsolt Batár © Dániel Dömölky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Sandor Lilienberg +28

O'Donnell + Tuomey's Central European University In Budapest Breaks Ground

00:00 - 25 February, 2015
View from street. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
View from street. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University

Work has begun on O'Donnell + Tuomey's first project in Hungary. The new collection of buildings and restoration projects for the Central European University in Budapest sits within existing courtyards in a dense area of the city. Bringing a total of 35,000m² of new space to the inner-city campus, the project consists of a new library spread across five floors, an auditorium, multiple public spaces, teaching and learning facilities, study rooms, and a café.

Roof terrace. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University Internal courtyard. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University Internal courtyard. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University Lecture Hall. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University +12