Museum Expo

70,000 SF

Budapest, Hungary



Our goal for the Hungarian House of Music was to embrace the site and program to create a building with a meaningful experience to its context.

To create harmony between nature and the new Expo at city park our proposal respects the most valuable trees by weaving through them and framing them in a series of courtyards. These inimitable arrangements of courtyards create an extended park experience as the Visitors enter and move to, and through the main lobby toward the Temporary Exhibits.

Visitors are drawn to enter through the entry garden which doubles as the outdoor performance area, which can extend to the crowds of the promenade.

The additional outdoor stage performance area, in connection to the landscape area north of the proposed site, can be used for more family-related events, expanding the range of the HHM's demographic.

The courtyards also provide additional sustainable aspects through the incorporation of natural light while reducing heat loss through the placement of thermal mass walls. The roofs serve as a water collection system that recycles and minimizes the use of artificial lighting at the new HHM.

The existing built area of the old HungExpo building is used to place the majority of the program creating a 5-story building that engages with the rest of the park, providing views to the north and creating an prominent second entrance on the north east side of the site. Once inside, the user is immediately engaged by an interior courtyard that creates a procession to a gentle ramp upwards towards the public spaces of the museum. On the second level we connect the museum learning with the temporary exhibit, this allows for presentations in the lecture room by artists that are exhibiting in the temporary exhibit space, allowing the HHM to have exciting functions related to the museum learning. The administration offices are set on the fourth level creating spaces that are filled with natural light and great views of the park.

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