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Museum of Ethnography (Budapest, Hungary)

May 2014
International Competition “Liget Budapest”

client: Museum of Fine Arts Budapest and Varosliget Zrt.
program: museum

GFA: 18,700m2

budget: /

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The strong attribute of linearity of the given site as well as of the urban axis Dózsa György’s has been emphasized by the elusive façade of the new Museum of Ethnography. On a building plot 160m long and 40m wide, the required spaces has been stacked in layers with a clear horizontal definition of programmatic slabs. 4 floors above ground and 2 basement floors. The Museum is a threshold between the city and the Park. The floating slabs create a totally permeable ground floor open to the public. Layering Collections. Quoting the act of collecting and studying the history of the folk, the architectural gesture proposes programmatic sediments and deposits of experience, contents, users. The museum experience is a journey into people history and is a physical journey that bring the visitors from the street level to the terrace to enjoy the view of the Park. The slabs structure minimize the presence of columns or walls creating transparent levels for the hospitality and the offices. The exhibition halls are column-free wide spaces flexible to host big size artifacts or different exhibition-layouts.