One of Europe's biggest museum projects is currently taking place in the city of Budapest, and acclaimed architecture firm Sou Fujimoto is leading the design effort. The Japanese firm recently won a bid to design the House of Hungarian Music, a nature-inspired building topped by a lotus-like roof. The structure will be one of five museum buildings to be located in the City Park of Budapest as part of the Liget Budapest project.
Sou Fujimoto’s design was selected in an anonymous competition held by the Liget Budapest museum project. French architecture studio Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes and Hungarian firm KÖZTI Architects & Engineers were also selected to design museums. All buildings will incorporate sustainable features and be designed with a strong connection to the surrounding landscape.
The proposed all-white building comprises a large and porous lotus-like roof that sits above a glazed base. The ceiling is peppered with oblong-shaped skylights, some of which are paired with a similarly shaped glazed floor cutout to allow sunlight to pass through multiple levels. The roof will be accessible via a winding staircase and boast panoramic views of the surrounding park. The £190 million development is expected to break ground in 2016 and museums are slated to open in March 2018. The Liget Budapest project is also currently hosting a competition for the park’s New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum.