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

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 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.

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

John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell – recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal. Image Courtesy of

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.

Holiday Cottage / Tóth Project Architect Office

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Architects: Tóth Project Architect Office
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: László Tóth, László Papp, Frigyes Schalling
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

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

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 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.

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

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 City Park, and provide a new cultural hotspot for Hungary’s capital city. Learn more about them, after the break.

GSMM Takes Home Second with Twin Buildings Proposal for Liget Budapest

Ground View from Boulevard. Image © GSMM

The Liget Budapest Competition, a call for proposals for five new cultural buildings in ’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 , and to revitalize for the City Park.

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

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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.

ARCVS Takes Second Place in Liget Budapest House of Music Competition

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 . Learn more, after the break.

BFarchitecture Takes Second Place in Liget Budapest Museum of Ethnography Competition

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A few days ago, the winning design for the new 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.

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

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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 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.

Hello Wood’s Budapest “Charity Tree” Built from 5,000 Logs

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Made from 5,000 pieces of firewood, Hello Wood’s “Charity Tree” installation stretches 11 meters high, 4.5 meters wide and weighs 150 quintals (15,000 kilograms).  Hello worked with Design Terminal and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid to build the tree in one of ’s central squares, and all of the firewood used in the temporary installation will be given to families in need in January.

Youth to Youth / batlab

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Architects:
Location: , Hungary
Architect In Charge: Gergő Batizi-Pócsi, Péter Batizi-Pócsi
Structural Designer: Benedek Kiss
Year: 2014
Photographs: Norbert Juhász

Winery in Balaton Highland / SAGRA Architects

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Architects: SAGRA Architects
Location: Szent György Hill, Hegymagas,
Architect In Charge: Sajtos Gábor
Design Team: Sajtos Gábor, Gilvesy Robert, Grand Gabriella, Virág Péter
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sajtos Gábor

Budapest Underground Line M4 – Bikás Park Station / PALATIUM Studio

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

Budapest Underground Line M4 – Kálvin tér Station / PALATIUM Studio

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

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

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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.

Competition Entry: SCStudio Transforms Budapest Park into “Urban Archipelago”

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As part of the 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.

Benedetta Tagliabue Among Budapest Design Week’s Special Guests

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 Design Week.