The two firms submitted designs for the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum, one of five planned museums to be constructed in a park just outside the urban center of Hungary’s capital. Though both were named winners, only one design gets to be built.
Both designs had one thing in common that stood out the most: sloping ceilings. Snøhetta’s design will unite the gallery and museum under a large roof that also acts as a public terrace, which Dezeen likens to the firm’s design of the Oslo Opera House.
The winning design by Snøhetta.
Meanwhile, 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 as “museum that fluctuates with seasonal shifts,” the firm said.
SANAA's winning design
Dezeen reports that the proposals were selected by a jury of 11 that included project commissioner László Baán, architect Eva Jiřičná, and critic Edwin Heathcote. The two teams will meet in person with the jury before an overall winner is selected.