In Conversation With Sheila O'Donnell And John Tuomey, 2015 Royal Gold Medallists

01:00 - 6 February, 2015
John Tuomey and Sheila O'Donnell - recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal. Image Courtesy of RIBA
John Tuomey and Sheila O'Donnell - recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal. Image Courtesy of RIBA

When Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey, who practice in partnership as O'Donnell + Tuomey, were named as this year's recipients of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, a palpable collective satisfaction appeared to spread throughout the profession. No one could find criticism in Joseph Rykwert and Níall McLaughlin's nomination, nor the ultimate choice of the RIBA Honours Committee, to bestow the award upon the Irish team. Their astonishingly rigourous body of work, compiled and constructed over the last twenty five years, has an appeal which extends beyond Irish and British shores. A robust stock of cultural, community and educational projects, alongside family homes and social housing projects, leaves little doubt about the quality, depth and breadth of their mutual capabilities and the skill of those that they choose to collaborate with.

Read the conversation with the Gold Medallists after the break.

Ground sketch, Venice Biennale 2012 (Common Ground). Image © O'Donnell + Tuomey Sketch, Glucksman Gallery (Cork, Ireland). Image © O'Donnell + Tuomey Watercolour sketch, Ireland. Image © O'Donnell + Tuomey Sketch Plan of the Saw Swee Hock Centre (London). Image © O'Donnell + Tuomey +21

Liget Budapest Awards Graeme Massie Architects' Museum of Ethnography Third Place

01:00 - 4 January, 2015
Garden View. Image © Graeme Massie Architects
Garden View. Image © Graeme Massie Architects

Recent participants in the Liget Budapest design competition, Graeme Massie Architects have taken home third place for their proposed Museum of Ethnography design. The museum, one of five museums planned for the Liget Budapest development, is located at the very corner of Budapest City Park and is meant to act as a welcoming landmark for the city. Graeme Massie fulfills this requirement in a unique fashion, creating a building that is instantly recognizable, but still manages to blend with its surroundings. Learn more, after the break.

Permanent Exhibition Space. Image © Graeme Massie Architects Children's Museum. Image © Graeme Massie Architects Tower View. Image © Graeme Massie Architects Lobby. Image © Graeme Massie Architects +39

Liget Budapest Awards Third Place to LEAD's Blue Tiled Museums

01:00 - 3 January, 2015
Street View. Image © LEAD
Street View. Image © LEAD

Taking home third place in the Liget Budapest competition, the Laboratory for Explorative Architecture and Design (LEAD) has proposed a colorful design for Budapest’s new photography and architecture museums. A stunning shade of blue, the undulating buildings will mark the entrance to Budapest City Park, and provide a new cultural hotspot for Hungary’s capital city. Learn more about them, after the break.

Aerial View. Image © LEAD Library- Museum of Architecture. Image © LEAD Roof View- Photo Museum. Image © LEAD Park VIew. Image © LEAD +55

GSMM Takes Home Second with Twin Buildings Proposal for Liget Budapest

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Ground View from Boulevard. Image © GSMM
Ground View from Boulevard. Image © GSMM

The Liget Budapest Competition, a call for proposals for five new cultural buildings in Hungary’s capital, has recently announced a few of its winners. Design firm GSMM architetti Giorgio Santagostino- Monica Margarida was awarded second place for their proposal for a paired Photo Museum and Museum of Hungarian Architecture. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s New National Gallery in Berlin, these twin buildings aspire to create a cultural focal point in Budapest, and to revitalize for the City Park.

Model Photo. Image © GSMM Aerial View. Image © GSMM Ground View from Park. Image © GSMM Museum of Architecture Entrance Hall. Image © GSMM +55

Nature Guides Kengo Kuma’s House of Hungarian Music Proposal for Liget Budepest

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
Museum Shop and Cafe Entrance. Image © Kengo Kuma and Associates
Museum Shop and Cafe Entrance. Image © Kengo Kuma and Associates

The Liget Budapest Competition has recently announced its winners, and Kengo Kuma and Associates has taken home honorable mention for their House of Hungarian Music design. Conceived as a house in the woods, the proposal seeks to embed itself in the landscape, having a low impact on the natural environment while becoming a focal point of Budapest’s urban environment.

Reception Area. Image © Kengo Kuma and Associates Atrium. Image © Kengo Kuma and Associates Office Entrance. Image © Kengo Kuma and Associates Aerial View. Image © Kengo Kuma and Associates +28

ARCVS Takes Second Place in Liget Budapest House of Music Competition

01:00 - 29 December, 2014
Exterior View- Summer. Image © ARCVS
Exterior View- Summer. Image © ARCVS

The Liget Budapest Architecture Competition has recently announced the winners for Budapest’s new Hungarian House of Music museum design. Coming in second place is architecture firm ARCVS Projektni biro. Their proposal takes the form of an 8-pointed star-shaped dome, held up by a veritable forest of columns. This uncommon shape provides numerous places, both indoors and out, for education, leisure, and exhibition, establishing itself as a prominent destination for the people of Budapest. Learn more, after the break.

Interior View- Lecture Hall. Image © ARCVS Exterior View- Winter. Image © ARCVS Exterior View- Winter Night. Image © ARCVS Exterior View- Performance Space. Image © ARCVS +35

BFarchitecture Takes Second Place in Liget Budapest Museum of Ethnography Competition

01:00 - 27 December, 2014
Courtesy of BFarchitecture
Courtesy of BFarchitecture

A few days ago, the winning design for the new Liget Budapest Museum of Ethnography was revealed. BFarchitecture, awarded second place, has just released their design proposal, which weaves the city and park of Városliget together by flowing the public along the Dózsa György út through the procession of the building.

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AVA's Sculptural House of Hungarian Music Takes Third for Liget Budapest

01:00 - 26 December, 2014
Courtesy of Andrea Vattovani Architecture, Segnoprogetto
Courtesy of Andrea Vattovani Architecture, Segnoprogetto

This past spring, the Liget Budapest competition was launched in the interest of finding new designs for planned cultural buildings in the Hungarian capital. One of these, the House of Hungarian Music, is to be a museum as well as a performance space set in Budapest City Park. Over 170 entries were submitted for the building, and of those, Andrea Vattovani Architecture’s proposal has taken third place. This gently curving and folding sculpture of a building aims to present the history of Hungarian music in an engaging setting, while creating an iconic landmark for the city of Budapest. Learn more, after the break.

Courtesy of Andrea Vattovani Architecture, Segnoprogetto Courtesy of Andrea Vattovani Architecture, Segnoprogetto Courtesy of Andrea Vattovani Architecture, Segnoprogetto Courtesy of Andrea Vattovani Architecture, Segnoprogetto +40

Sou Fujimoto Chosen to Design Liget Budapest's House of Hungarian Music

01:00 - 23 December, 2014
© Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest
© Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest

Sou Fujimoto Architects has been announced as one of three practices chosen to design buildings for the Liget Budapest project, one of Europe’s largest museum developments. Selected through an anonymous competition process, the Japanese firm will realize an undulating House of Hungarian Music that was “inspired by sound waves.” Its distinctive perforated “smart roof” will float on top an airy glass-walled interior illuminated by the canopy’s lightwells. 

French practice Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes was also chosen to construct a striated Museum of Ethnography, while Hungarian firm Középülettervező Zrt will realize the cuboidal PhotoMuseum Budapest and Museum of Hungarian Architecture

All three projects will be built in Városliget, the city’s largest park, by 2018. Continue after break to view images of each. 

© Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest © Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest © Középülettervező Zrt., Courtesy of Liget Budapest © Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes, Courtesy of Liget Budapest +26

Youth to Youth / batlab

01:00 - 21 December, 2014
© Norbert Juhász
© Norbert Juhász

© Norbert Juhász © Norbert Juhász © Norbert Juhász © Norbert Juhász +13

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

01:00 - 6 November, 2014
Liget Budapest Competition Entry (click for more). Image © Fundamental
Liget Budapest Competition Entry (click for more). Image © Fundamental

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

01:00 - 31 October, 2014
© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky
  • Architects

  • 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

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Budapest Underground Line M4 - Kálvin tér Station / PALATIUM Studio

00:00 - 24 October, 2014
© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

From the architects: Underground line M4 in Budapest has been the largest infrastructure project of the city for the last decades. Keeping in mind that the quality of public transport areas are an essential part of the general environment of city life, the client chose architects and collected ideas for the project through a national competition in 2004.

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

00:00 - 18 October, 2014
© Fundamental
© Fundamental

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 +11

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

01:00 - 11 October, 2014
© SCStudio
© SCStudio

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 +22

Benedetta Tagliabue Among Budapest Design Week's Special Guests

00:00 - 23 September, 2014
EMBT's Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona. Image © Ceramica Cumella
EMBT's Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona. Image © Ceramica Cumella

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

01:00 - 15 September, 2014
Fovam Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky
Fovam Station. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky
  • Architects

  • 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 +41

Kocka Bar / MINUSPLUS

01:00 - 10 September, 2014
© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky
  • Architects

  • 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 · Photographer Profile

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