Earlier this year, Japanese design studio SANAA and Norwegian firm Snøhetta won a restricted competition to design the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum in Budapest. Although both firms were awarded first place, the competition organizers just selected SANAA's entry as the definite winner after the second round of technical and financial negotiations.
SANAA’s proposal is a building the roof of which is comprised of several overlapping curved planes which, according to the architects, will function as an extension of the park. This will facilitate a connection with the adjacent Sou Fujimoto-designed House of Hungarian Music, photography museum FotoMuzeum Budapest and the Hungarian Museum of Architecture by KÖZTI Architects & Engineers and the Museum of Ethnography by Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes.
“Ours is a contemporary form of public space – one where city, gardens and exhibition rooms become part of an experiential whole,” SANAA co-founders Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa described the project. “It is a museum that fluctuates with seasonal shifts.”
A new competition for the re-landscaping of the surrounding park area, expected to extend the park’s green surfaces by five per cent, will launch in December.