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House of Music nestles into trees with undulating perforated roof

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The House of Music, Hungary is located in Budapest's City Park
The House of Music, Hungary is located in Budapest's City Park
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The House of Music, Hungary is located in Budapest's City Park
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The House of Music, Hungary is located in Budapest's City Park
The House of Music, Hungary's eye-catching roof takes its place well among the forested location
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The House of Music, Hungary's eye-catching roof takes its place well among the forested location
The House of Music is located in Budapest's City Park, and is dedicated to telling the story of music over the past 2,000 years in Europe
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The House of Music, Hungary's roof has almost 100 holes in it, some of which have trees growing through
The House of Music, Hungary is part of a larger ongoing redevelopment effort in Budapest
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The House of Music, Hungary is part of a larger ongoing redevelopment effort in Budapest
Some of the holes in the House of Music, Hungary's roof are used to channel light into the building
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Some of the holes in the House of Music, Hungary's roof are used to channel light into the building
The House of Music, Hungary's interior includes multiple gallery spaces dedicated to the history of music
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The House of Music, Hungary's interior includes multiple gallery spaces dedicated to the history of music
The House of Music, Hungary's ceiling canopy is made up of over 30,000 decorative tree leaves
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The House of Music, Hungary's ceiling canopy is made up of over 30,000 decorative tree leaves
The House of Music, Hungary's interior includes a library area and a multimedia center
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The House of Music, Hungary's interior includes a library area and a multimedia center
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Looking a bit like a big holey pancake nestled among the trees, the latest work from Sou Fujimoto Architects continues the firm's practice of producing exciting and eye-catching works with a new museum dedicated to music. The project is named House of Music, Hungary and is conceived as a continuation of the park landscape it's located in.

Despite having a somewhat surreal appearance, the building takes its place well among the forested area of Budapest's City Park, largely due to its roofline being purposely below the height of the surrounding trees.

The roof itself is partly inspired by sound waves and is punctuated with almost 100 holes of varying sizes. Some of the holes have trees growing through them, while others are used to increase natural light inside the building. The interior, meanwhile, replicates the surrounding landscape outside with an intricate suspended ceiling decorated with thousands of tree leaves. From the photos at least, the effect really does look impressive.

"The feeling of being in nature is further enhanced by a canopy of over 30,000 decorative tree leaves set in the suspended ceiling and secured in place by a steel structure made out of 1,000 honeycomb-shaped elements," explained Sou Fujimoto Architects.

The House of Music, Hungary's ceiling canopy is made up of over 30,000 decorative tree leaves
The House of Music, Hungary's ceiling canopy is made up of over 30,000 decorative tree leaves

The House of Music, Hungary is arranged over three floors, which reflects the three movements of a musical score, says the firm. The ground floor contains the lobby area and related facilities, as well as a glass-walled concert hall. Nagata Acoustics, which also worked on the Elbphilharmonie, handled the acoustic design of the glass wall and installed a specially designed zigzag-shaped wall made up of custom glass panels that allows incoming sound to reverberate and disperse from the glass indirectly.

Elsewhere on the ground floor is an open-air stage, while a spiral staircase leads to educational spaces upstairs. Down in the basement are multiple gallery spaces and exhibitions related to music, as well as a "sound dome" made up of 31 speakers which enables up to 60 people to experience 360-degree sound.

Additionally, the museum is kept a comfortable temperature with an energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling system.

The House of Music is part of a wider Budapest development push and several other major projects are also expected to be completed in the coming months and years.

Source: Sou Fujimoto Architects

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It most definitely looks like a giant pancake and as such is in no way a continuation of the landscape. Regardless, it is interesting.
SplineDoctor
There are at least 2-3 modern buildings with similar functions in Budapest. Therefor it was totally unnecessary to build this one in the middle of a public park instead of keeping that area green. While the architecture is really attractive and interesting, it was a big mistake to put it to there. A group of healthy, big trees has been cut to clear the place for the building. And most importantly, it was not supported by most of the local citizens. The government just pushed it through as an another symbol of their delusions of grandeur.