The “House of Music Hungary“ in the historic park of the Hungarian capital Budapest creates harmony between nature and art with ease. Its architecture is an invitation to all city dwellers to enter and listen.
A gigantic mushroom seems to shoot out of the ground in the city park of Budapest. It grows between and around the trees. It is Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto's answer, cast in architecture, to the question: What does it mean to build a new building in a historical park?
Experiencing the park indoors
Whoever enters the 9,000 sqm culture house with concert rooms, a museum, a library as well as numerous workshop rooms will have one foot in Budapest's 200-year-old park, at least in the entrance area. Sou Fujimoto was inspired by the shape of sound waves when designing the roof structure. At the same time, the playfully undulating canopy is perforated by about 100 crater-like recesses of different shapes and sizes in which park trees grow. The roof construction ensures that the building blends harmoniously into its surroundings.
The boundary between inside and outside blurs in this building, however, not only vertically but also horizontally. The façade consists of 94 thermally insulated glass panels that are up to 12 metres high. Concertgoers are thus always surrounded by nature, even in the transparent entrance hall.
Open to all
Just as the park continues to grow in the building, the art of this cultural institution continues to have an effect in the park. This is ensured by the open-air stages, which are protected by the roof but open on all sides. In short, at some concerts you simply sit in the park.
The openness to nature, to the audience, is the programme of this cultural building. With its architecture, the “House of Music Hungary“ demonstrates that art and culture are part of the city and its everyday life, open and accessible to all.
Excellent design and sustainability
No wonder, the “House of Music Hungary“ has attracted the attention of the international architectural and cultural community. In 2019, it was named the best public architecture project in Europe at the prestigious International Property Awards competition in London, and in 2020 it won the Best Use Of Music In Property Development category at the American Music Cities Awards.
The sustainable concept of this building also attracted attention. It includes not only energy-efficient heating and cooling technology, but also maximum use of the natural resources of daylight and rainwater. Geberit contributed to efficient waste water disposal with the flushing and drainage systems. Additionally, Geberit supported the elegant interior design with the Selnova Comfort and Smyle ceramics.
Geberit Silent-db20 pipes and fittings are made of mineral-reinforced PE-S2. This increases their weight and reduces the natural vibration, therefore effectively insulating the sound they generate. Additional sound insulation ribs are installed in the impact zones to reduce the development of noise. Finally, system pipe brackets on the wall and ceiling fasteners decouple the system from the building structure and prevent the transmission of sound.