SANAA and Snøhetta tie at first place for Budapest museum bid

The competition is for one of the biggest museum projects in Europe.

April 16, 2015 |
SANAA and Snøhetta tie at first place for Budapest museum bid

In Snøhetta's design, a sloping roof doubles as a grand terrace, which Dezeen likens to the firm's Oslo Opera House design. Renderings courtesy Snøhetta and SANAA

Japanese practice SANAA and Norwegian firm Snøhetta have both been chosen as winners in a competition to design a museum in the planned Budapest City Park, Dezeen reports.

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.

More information about the competition, as well as the whole park development—called Liget Budapest—can be found on Dezeen

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