Budapest

2014

competition

architects: Alkér Katalin, Bartha András Márk, Gyulovics István, Kovács Zsófia

 

The Museum of Ethnography is to provide for the continuity of common culture. It invites people to turn cultural tradition into practice, to tell old stories anew. The museum building serves as a gate between the city and the park with  a wide and open area on the ground floor. The ever changing, multifaceted temporary exhibitions have a horizontal expansion underground, while the permanent exhibition of the best arteffects of the collection is accommodated in the high reaching, feature-like volume focusing mainly inwards with some special views on the City Park. The tower creates a corner point in the context of the park. The storied world of decoration is the main communication surface of the Museum of Ethnography. Rooted in folk arts, rediscovered by Art Nouveau it has always been elemental for people to express their shared ideas and knowledge on the surrounding world. The proposed building has thick brick walls with tactile, man-made plaster-work on it. Openings are decorated with colourful ceramic tiles like many buildings in and around the City Park.