The House of Hungarian Music, one of several cultural venues currently under construction in Budapest’s famous Városliget city park is now structurally complete, László Baán, government commissioner in charge of the project announced on Thursday.
“With the completion of the upper level, the House of Hungarian Music is now structurally finished,” Baán said. “The construction is continuing according to plan with erecting the continuous glass front, as high as 12 meters in some parts, which will be the largest of its kind in Europe.”
The House of Hungarian Music is part of the government’s ambitious Liget Project, which includes the renovation or total reconstruction of several existing cultural venues as well as building a new Museum of Ethnography and a new National Gallery and a new theater, bringing most of the Hungarian capital’s major museums into one place. The exception is the downtown National Museum completed in 1847.
The House of Hungarian Music, designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto won the prize for the best European public building at the International Property Awards (IPA) last October.
The round facade of the building will consist of 94 custom-built glass panels, some of which are 12 meters high. The glass panels will be held together by 94 glass beams. Further features of the building include 120 geothermal collectors, 100 meters underground which will give the energy supply, while cooling will be served by the existing cooling system of the nearby historic ice rink, which also underwent a complete renovation a few years ago.
Tile image: The structurally complete roof of the House of Hungarian Music in Budapest’s Városliget city park. (source: ligetbudapest.hu)