BIG, OMA, ZHA go head-to-head for Hungary project

Top studios BIG, OMA and Zaha Hadid Architects are all on the shortlist to design a new museum in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, which will be built alongside cultural buildings by SANAA and Sou Fujimoto.

Fifteen  firms will compete for the new Museum of Ethnography, including MVRDV, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Bernard Tschumi Architects and Dominique Perrault Architecture.

Also bidding are GMP Architekten, Architecture Studio, Sauerbruch Hutton, Emre Arolat Architects, Napur Architect, Bánáti + Hartvig Architects, Közti Zrt, and Balázs Mihály and the BUTE Faculty of Architecture.

Known as the Liget Budapest Project, it is one of Europe’s largest museum developments and will form part of a cultural complex in City Park, alongside Sou Fujimoto’s House of Hungarian Music and the SANAA-designed National Gallery of Hungary.

The museum was established in 1872 and is the foremost institution of ethnographic science, European ethnology and cultural anthropology in Hungary. It is currently located in a Neo-Renaissance palace.

Set to open in 2019, the new building will make it possible to exhibit a more of the museum’s collections.