Winner of Hungarian museum contract announced


Hungary-based Napur Architect has beaten opposition from 14 firms including BIG, OMA and Zaha Hadid Architects to design a museum in Budapest’s City Park.

The new home of the Museum of Ethnography, will be built alongside a concert hall by Sou Fujimoto and a national art gallery by SANAA as part of a massive cultural complex.

Described by architects István Ferencz, Marcel Ferencz and György Détári as a “21st-century Baroque frame”, the design resembles a massive skateboard ramp, with patterned walls and a grass-covered roof.


Called The Gate of the City Park, it will contain several floors of exhibition galleries at both ends and an expansive open space at the centre, while its roof is intended as a new public space.

The Architects said: “The physical and visual division of the building into two parts expresses the duality of the basic function, and also reflects the surrounding city fabric.”

The Museum of Ethnography was established in 1872 and is currently located in a Neo-Renaissance palace.

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