The competition contains a design proposal for one building consisting of two institutions: The New National Gallery and the Ludwig Museum.
The two-winged house offers an open and transparent meeting point for the residents and visitors of the public park: Városliget. Värosliget was the first public park in the world and the vision of Henning Larsen Architects proposal is to support this unique place with a building that continually adds more value to the residents and visitors of Budapest for many years to come.
The main access is through a tranquil garden which extends both the building’s programs further into the park. The western edge is bordered with solitary trees and includes a café terrace that is set in the foreground of the great lawn.
From the main entry hall it is possible to recognize the clear difference between the two museums, and you get to experience both museums at one time. From here the visitor has a clear overview of the building’s activities and program. The shared office and learning facilities overlook the entrance and add up to the life and activity level of the building.
The open and transparent façade design allows for passers-by to experience the exhibitions and activity from outside the museum as well as for the audience to experience the park from within the museum. The cut that divides the building in two shade from the sun during the day but allow for the museum to open up to the park at night.