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The Ethnographic Museum

The new museum building is part of the largest urban-cultural development in Europe called the 'Liget Budapest Project', aimed at the renewal of the city park and the development of the cultural network of national public institutions and collections. 

The ethnographic museum's collection, which today comprises 250,000 objects from the Carpathian region and all corners of the world, has been housed in various structures since its foundation in 1872, but never in a building specifically designed to meet the requirements of this type of exhibition.  
Now, thanks to an international design competition and the completion of construction in May 2022, the Museum of Ethnography has finally found a new home in a contemporary building that meets the needs of the collection, the professionals who work there and the visitors. An international jury awarded the victory to the project by the Hungarian architectural firm Napur Architect, which beat projects submitted by world-class architecture firms such as Zaha Hadid and BIG, whose building is distinguished by a dynamic and simple design that dialogues with the natural environment of Városliget Park and the urban texture of the surroundings.  

The building is characterised by its large façade composed of half a million tiles depicting Hungarian and international ethnographic motifs, and by the roof garden of over 7,000 square metres (with approximately two thousand plants), which opens up to the hilly landscape surrounding the Hungarian capital. Sixty per cent of the structure is below ground level and, thanks to the landscaping design for the roof area, which is covered with grass, the museum becomes a pleasant community space for visitors to Városliget.

iGuzzini lighting fixtures are used both inside and outside of this building, which is recognised as one of the most interesting contemporary buildings on the continent: it was voted Europe's Best Future Mega Project (as part of the Liget Project) at the 2017 MIPIM Awards and Best World Architecture at the 2018 International Property Awards where it was one of over 1700 projects submitted from 115 countries and examined by a panel chaired by four British Lords and over 80 world experts.  

Laser Blade recessed welcome visitors as they are used in the reception area to provide general lighting, but it is outdoors that light direction adds magic to the architecture. Lineluce mini recessed fittings are used on the two wings of the building. With Wall Grazing optics, they provide safety for visitors walking up the stairs to the highest areas of the building and create a line of light in the overall view of the complex

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  • Year
  • Client
    Liget Budapest Project
  • Architectural project:
    NAPUR Architect - Marcel Ferencz
  • Lighting project:
    NAPUR Architect
  • Landscape architecture:
    Garten Studio Ltd.
  • Photographer
    Tomasz Majewski