The FotoMuzeum Budapest

Budapest, Hungary
The FotoMuzeum Budapest works directly with the Hungarian Museum of Architecture to establish Hungary as a world class destination for viewing and experiencing photography and architecture. By creating dynamic sectional relationships with the park, and employing innovative display spaces our vision establishes The FotoMuzeum Budapest and the Hungarian Museum of Architecture as technologically advanced and forward thinking cultural facilities for the future of Hungary.

Architectural Concept
Our proposal for the FotoMuzeum Budapest and the Hungarian Museum of Architecture creates a dynamic inflection between the proposed promenade and the newly established gateway to City Park. The architectural massing gesture links the two museums together across the Rondo. The buildings respond and thrust upward in direct response to the enigmatic memorial to the Revolution of 1956. The inflection toward the park coupled with the upward thrust creates a powerfully contextual architecture for the 21st century identities for the FotoMuzeum Budapest and the Hungarian Museum of Architecture.

Light is of utmost import for our scheme-three types of atmospheric light are present in the project-1: light filtered through the perforated façade 2: light pouring into the interior through strategic atriums and 3: artificial lighting which lights the façade at night, and which traces through the lobby and landscape blurring the boundary of the building and landscape.
Structure and tectonics also further the ambitions of the project. To achieve the dramatic lift in the building, a topological poured concrete shell anchors the underside of the project into the site. 3 large, structural touch downs pierce the lobby, providing access to the galleries above. Upon this elegant setting, the simple form of a skewed box rests. The four walls of the box are comprised of a steel truss that connects directly to the concrete chassis. Cores and circulation fit beautifully into this arrangement allowing for a column free lobby and an intriguing, variegated section.
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The formal gestures of the project are wrapped in modular skins of stone, glass and white concrete. The effortless pose of the buildings is juxtaposed with the weight, and materiality of the buildings materials. The building often oscillates between heavy and weightless. The perforated stone cladding sometimes appears light and filigree while other times it exudes monolithicity. The filigree patterns found in the project further anchor it in the Hungarian context- playing off nearby plaza patterns, and the spectacular tile roves found around the corner.
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