Location: City Park, Budapest, Hungary
Status: International Design Competition
Through a fundamental restructure of the fine arts collections of these two institutions the new museum complex will house and exhibit a comprehensive collection of Hungarian and international fine arts created between 1800 to date.
Set in the first purpose built public park in the world the Varos Liget in the centre of Budapest, the proposal is designed to provide contemporary museum facility with:
- flexible exhibition rooms with clear functional and visual links;
- timeless and visually compelling spatial experience;
- efficient service / staff routes;
- integration to the local context and environment at heart.
To preserve the freedom of movement at ground floor level, the museum is proposed on top of an open public ground floor lobby. Exhibition halls are formed in a row of efficient rectangular boxes with visitor circulation on one side and service on the other. Educational and conference facilities are below the ground floor lobby to allow independent operation. Museum storages and services are below, securely in the basement.
The external shape of the building is a simple horizontal block floating above an all glazed ground floor representing the simplicity and functionality of the interior with its monolithic appearance. The façade is double skin with an internal glazed layer and an external shading layer made out of white small square aluminium panels with open joints to let light filter through. On the two main facades we designed a 90m x 16m digitally controlled kinetic display screens made from coloured metal panels in black, red, blue, yellow and white colour. The panels would show their colours to display a pixelated image that in the proposed large scale would provide a seamless image from a distance when viewed from the park. This kinetic façade proposed as a symbolic link between digital displays and traditional colour mixing used by painters.