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SANAA and Jean Nouvel Among Seven Invited to Design Hungarian Museum Complex

An international jury behind Budapest’s new National Gallery has launched a second and invited competition for a select few of the industry’s best after the first, open competition lead to “disappointing” results. Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield, Mecanoo, Nieto Sobejano, Renzo Piano, SANAA and Snøhetta have been asked to submit proposals for a 5-building museum complex on the edge of Városliget, one of the city’s main parks. It will house the new National Gallery, the Ludwig Museum, an ethnography museum, architecture museum and photography museum. 

The competition, known as the Liget Project, is being directed by jury members Wim Pijbes, the director of the Rijksmuseum, and Henri Loyrette, former director of the Louvre in Paris.

Budapest Underground Line M4 - Bikás Park Station / PALATIUM Studio

  • Architects: PALATIUM Studio
  • Location: Budapest, Tétényi Way, Hungary
  • Architects In Charge: Zoltán Erő, Balázs Csapó, Dóra Brückner, Zsolt Kosztolányi, Máté Antal
  • Area: 6180.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky

Budapest Underground Line M4 - Kálvin tér Station / PALATIUM Studio

  • Architects: PALATIUM Studio
  • Location: Budapest, Kálvin tér, 1092 Hungary
  • Architects In Charge: Zoltán Erő, Balázs Csapó, Dóra Brückner, Zsolt Kosztolányi, Máté Antal
  • Area: 6900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky

Competition Entry: Fundamental Envisions “House of Hungarian Music” for Budapest

Fundamental has shared with us their vision for the House of Hungarian Music, as part of the Liget Budapest Competition. Inspired by the Neo-Baroque and Neo-Gothic spires of the park’s monuments which surrounding it, the modest house features a folded, white canopy rooftop which illuminates its surroundings and provides natural light deep into its interiors. 

More on Fundamental's proposal, after the break.

Temporary Exhibition . Image © Fundamental Concept. Image © Fundamental Site Plan. Image © Fundamental Section. Image © Fundamental

Competition Entry: SCStudio Transforms Budapest Park into "Urban Archipelago"

As part of the Liget Budapest Competition, SCStudio has shared their entry for the House of Hungarian Music. A transformation of an existing city park, the project is conceived as a sequence of cultural programs - an “urban archipelago” - connected by a “naturalistic promenade” of pathways and landscape within a preserved forested area.

© SCStudio © SCStudio © SCStudio Tree Preservation . Image © SCStudio

Benedetta Tagliabue Among Budapest Design Week's Special Guests

Featuring around 220 events spread out over 10 days, Budapest Design Week kicks off its 11th year on October 3rd. With exhibitions, workshops, lectures and a range of other events spread across all design disciplines, the program will suit all tastes - however, perhaps the highlight for architects will be the presence of Benedetta Tagliabue, Principle of EMBT, who will give a lecture on "Blending and Experimentation" on October 8th.

Read on after the break for more on Budapest Design Week.

Twin Stations / sporaarchitects

  • Architects: sporaarchitects
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Architects In Charge: Tibor Dékány, Sándor Finta, Ádám Hatvani, Orsolya Vadász
  • Design Team: Zsuzsa Balogh, Attila Korompay project architects, Bence Várhidi, Noémi Soltész, András Jánosi, Diána Molnár, Károly Stefkó
  • Area: 7100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

Fovam Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Fovam Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Gellert Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Gellert Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky

Kocka Bar / MINUSPLUS

  • Architects: MINUSPLUS
  • Location: Budapest, Kazinczy Street 48, 1075 Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: Zsolt Alexa, Donát Rabb, Ákos Schreck, Ferenc Kis, Tímea Molnár, Szabina Pap, Balázs Turai
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky, Bertalan Soós

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky

Competition Entry Proposes Colorful Duo of Museums for Budapest

Italian design firm IaN+ has put forth their vision for a pair of museums along the Dòzsa Gyorgy Boulevard in Budapest, Hungary for the Liget Budapest International Competition. Connected by a central foyer, the two exhibition spaces will be based on a common grid of structural concrete walls whose cells will form galleries. One of these museums will be devoted to photography, the other to architecture, and each building, while similar in appearance, is designed to best accommodate the work they will display.

Architecture Museum Exterior. Image © IaN+ Architecture Museum Exterior. Image © IaN+ Architecture Museum Gallery. Image © IaN+ Architecture Museum Circulation Space. Image © IaN+

Gomba / Hetedik Müterem

  • Architects: Hetedik Müterem
  • Location: 1114 Budapest, Móricz Zsigmond körtér, Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: Levente Szabó DLA, Zsolt Gyüre
  • Co Architects: Orsolya Simon, Dávid Kohout, Balázs Biri
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tamás Szentirmai, Balázs Biri, Courtesy of Hetedik Müterem

© Tamás Szentirmai © Tamás Szentirmai © Tamás Szentirmai © Balázs Biri

Ziya İmren Proposes a House of Hungarian Music

Ziya İmren Architects have proposed a "symphonic architectural poem dedicated to Franz Liszt and Béla Viktor János Bartók" as part of the Liget Budapest International Design Competition launched earlier this year. The architects' approach is based on the pioneering compositional methods of Franz Liszt and Bela Bartok. The design proposal brings "thematic inspiration to the fore by restructuring the classical system of a symphonic work into the form of poetry as a gesamtkunstwerk (a 'total work of art')."

Courtesy of Ziya İmren Architects Courtesy of Ziya İmren Architects Site Plan Diagrammatic Drawings

Budapest Breaks Record with World’s Tallest LEGO Tower

Official Danish LEGO constructors have teamed up with locals in Budapest, Hungary to build the world’s tallest LEGO tower. Rising 34.76 meters (114 feet) in front of the St. Stephen’s Basilica, the towering spire was officially registered with the Guinness book of World Records for breaking the US’ previous record of 34.43 meters on May 25th. The structure was made of 450,000 colorful bricks and appropriately topped with an oversized, Hungarian-built Rubik's Cube. 

Liget Budapest International Design Competition

The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest and the Városliget Zrt. 100 % owned by the Hungarian State announce an open, international, two-stage design competition for the design of museum buildings within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project on the territory of the City Park Budapest. The construction of the new buildings, the complete renewal of the green area of the City Park, and the renovation of the institutions already present Liget Budapest will be one of Budapest’s leading, well-known tourist and cultural destinations and a unique family park recognised as such all over Europe.

Espresso Embassy / sporaarchitects

  • Architects: sporaarchitects
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: Dékány Tibor, Hatvani Ádám
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Danyi Balázs

© Danyi Balázs © Danyi Balázs © Danyi Balázs © Danyi Balázs

SPAR Flagshipstore / LAB5 Architects

  • Architects: LAB5 Architects
  • Location: MOM Park Bevásárlóközpont, 1123 Budapest, Alkotás Street 53, Hungary
  • Design Team: Linda Erdélyi, András Dobos, Balázs Korényi, Virág Anna Gáspár
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Zsolt Batár

© Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár

Christmas Tree Made of Sledges / Hello Wood

© Dániel Dömölky
© Dániel Dömölky

From a distance, it would seem a traditional Christmas tree has been erected in front of the Palace of Arts in Budapest. But upon closer inspection, a surprise is revealed- the tree is made up of 365 sledges. Designed by Hello Wood, an architecture and design studio based out of Hungary, the 11 meter tree will eventually be disassembled and the sledges given to the kids of SOS Children’s Village. Read more about the installation after the break...

© Dániel Dömölky © Dániel Dömölky © Dániel Dömölky © Dániel Dömölky

Golden Hall / A4 Studio

Courtesy of A4 Studio
Courtesy of A4 Studio
  • Architects: A4 Studio
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Design Team: Géza Kendik, Zoltán Papp, Orsolya Maza
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of A4 Studio

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