Architecture – The House of Hungarian Music, designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, is being built in the Hungarian capital as part of the Liget Budapest Project, Europe’s largest urban development programme. The organic building cannot but draw the eye with its organically undulating roof structure distinguished by its extensive glass walls and perforated canopy.
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“The task of designing the building was especially exciting since we not only created an edifice but also brought the park experience into the building.” Says Sou Fujimoto, The architect hopes that “the Liget Budapest Project, and within it, the House of Hungarian Music, might serve as an example for future urban developers since it managed to create exceptional harmony between the green and the built-up environments.”
The signature feature of the design, the floating roof, was inspired by the visual representation of the vibration of sound: the wave. The playfully undulating canopy of varying thickness stays below the foliage level, ensuring that the building harmoniously blends in with the environment.
“There are no right angles in the roof structure, almost no two elements that are the same. It is all unique and the surface is punctured by close to 100 individually designed holes for the trees of the park to emerge through,” said Sou Fujimoto. “The lightwells begin here, which channel the light right down to the lowest levels, thus helping to illuminate the interiors and create a unique ambiance.”
In the spirit of openness and transparency, Fujimoto designed the building’s sidewalls to be made of glass. The architect also drew inspiration from the famed Secessionist building of the Liszt Academy in Budapest and, not least, by the internationally renowned tradition of Hungarian music and music education.
Special emphasis was accorded to renewable energy and special heating and cooling systems already in the planning phase of the project. One hundred and twenty heat pumps were installed 100 metres underground next to the building to provide renewable geothermic energy.
Being constructed near Heroes’ Square, The House of Hungarian Music is due to inaugurate in 2021. It will operate as the world’s first facility of complex musical initiation bringing countless musical experiences to visitors through its wide range of events: interactive exhibitions on musical history, concerts and music education workshops.
The unique appearance of the House of Hungarian Music is matched by a special interior structure. The institution’s complex musical profile and programmes are reflected by the three-level layout. The level below ground will be home to exhibitions – permanent and temporary – and a remarkable sound dome. The park level is devoted to the performing arts: live events will be held in the concert halls and the open-air stage alike, while the terrace near the City Park Lake will be a place for recreation
The upper level will house an archive of Hungarian pop music, serving as a source of quiet immersion in music and education, and the workshops to be held in the music education rooms will initiate young visitors into the complex musical experience awaiting them at the exhibitions and performances.
All photos: courtesy of Liget Budapest Project.