Public Buiding. Budapest. HUNGARY. Contest 2014
The new Ethnography museum must position itself on the Budapest skyline as a new architectural icon for the city. To achieve this we have decided to create a building with a upper half displaying curved elements, the highest of which reaches 40m and establishes a dialogue with other urban landmarks in the city.
The plot of the competition is located in a conflict zone, because it is in dialogue with Dózsa György and Ajtósi Dürer streets and it also invades the Liget park. This particular condition of border makes it necessary to create a building which is hybrid, not only in terms of its use but also in shape, so it has been decided to stratify the facades according to the architectural program inside and to interrupt the verticality of the building.
This idea reflects on the history of the city, and in the way they are resolved the main buildings of the city, with stone skirting, glazed facades, and large decks usually polychromed with Zsolnay ceramic (Matthias Church, the Museum of Applied Arts, the Postal Savings Factory the Gellert baths or Zsolnay Central Market have ornaments)This is the idea that has guided the steps in the design of the New Museum.