SANAA New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum Budapest
Snøhetta, Sou Fujimoto, Kazuyo Sejima,
The design proposed by the SANAA practice directed by architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa was preferred to that submitted by Snøhetta for the construction of the New National Gallery in Budapest and the Ludwig Museum. The museum will be part of an ambitious project, the Liget Budapest, a cultural master plan that over the next few years will see the Hungarian capital endowed with five new architectural buildings dedicated to various forms of culture. The project involved numerous architecture firms, with the design proposals selected from submissions received in response to invitations to tender. The firms selected for the five buildings envisaged by the master plan are SANAA for the New National Gallery + Ludwig Museum, the architect Sou Fujimoto for the House of Hungarian Music, the French firm Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes for the Ethnographic Museum and the Hungarian firm Középülettervező Zrt for two museums, one dedicated to photography (PhotoMuseum Budapest) and the other dedicated to architecture (Museum of Hungarian Architecture).
The SANAA project will house two independent museums within the same building: The National Gallery with art collections from 1800 to 1950 and the Ludwig Museum dedicated to contemporary art. The museum is expected to open in 2019.
Images courtesy of SANAA