SANAA’s design selected for Hungary’s new National Gallery and Ludwig Museum

After months of deliberation, the Japanese firm ultimately won the tie with Snøhetta.

December 03, 2015 |
SANAA’s design selected for Hungary’s new National Gallery – Ludwig Museum

Architects Kazuyo Sejima and Rue Nishizawa describe their design as “an extension of the park." Renderings courtesy SANAA

Japanese firm SANAA ultimately won against Norwegian practice Snøhetta in a restricted competition to design the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary’s capital, ArchDaily reports.

The two firms originally tied, and the selection committee held negotiations over the span of a few months.

With its multiple layers of sloping ceilings, SANAA’s design will be realized, with a deadline set for Summer 2019. The gallery and museum will be located in Városliget, a 200-year-old city park that is being revived with the addition of five museum buildings.

SANAA architects Kazuyo Sejima and Rue Nishizawa described their design as “an extension of the park.” It features a roof with overlapping curved plains, and the many openings make it a “museum that fluctuates with seasonal shifts,” the firm said.

 

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