Venue to watch: The House of Hungarian Music

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The House of Hungarian Music, Budapest

This month the selected venue to watch is The House of Hungarian Music, Budapest. This exquisite venue is projected to open in 2022. As the name suggests this building will be dedicated to not only music, but also education and knowledge sharing.

The House of Hungarian Music is located next to the Varosliget Lake near the Vajdahunyad Castle. This truly unparalleled installation cannot be found in the same size anywhere else in the world. This iconic feature was designed by architect Sou Fujimoto. Sou Fujimoto aims to establish a harmonious transition between the natural and man-made world. This will be done by harmoniously blending the building with the park.

The House of Hungarian Music will resemble a dome and will almost be entirely translucent. The music museum will be topped by a white roof punctuated with almost 100 holes for trees to grow through. In addition this building will also feature an open design. This will allow visitors to roam through the museum past trees and up a spiral staircase.

The 9,000 square metre building will be divided into three sections. The large ground floor will be set to contain two venues. These two open spaces will be used for musical performances. The first floor within the roof structure will contain music teaching programmes for children, a library, and office space. It will be connected to the ground floor by a magical spiral staircase. Below the building, the basement floor will contain the permanent exhibition on the history of music. Additionally the basement floor will also contain galleries for temporary exhibitions and the sound dome. This hemispherical space will be perfect for unique audio and projection technologies.

Building with the world in mind

Environmental awareness has been of paramount importance throughout the construction of the House of Hungarian Music (by BREEAM, the world’s leading international sustainability assessment method). A key factor when building this venue was the use of renewable energy. The House of Hungarian Music will use special heating and cooling systems as well as 120 heat pumps that were installed 100 metres underground to provide renewable geothermic energy.

The new institution will be an ambassador and forum for the wonder of music with its diverse and rich offering in keeping with the unique and outstanding characteristics of Budapest.