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House of Music opened in Budapest city park

Visualization of the House of Music in the City Park of Budapest
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An unusual music museum has opened in a city park in Budapest. Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto designed the building with glass walls and a roof resembling a mushroom cap. According to his design, visitors to the House of Music should feel like they are in a real forest, which is why the roof's interior is decorated with thousands of ornamental elements resembling leaves. There are also 100 crater windows, through which live trees grow, and sunlight penetrates. Thanks to this solution, not a single tree was damaged during the construction of the building. The effect of the open space is created by the glass façade and thin columns supporting the roof.

House of Music in the park at night
House of Music in Budapest © archdaily.com / @Liget Budapest
The area of the House of Music is 9000 m². There are three floors in the building, representing "the three movements of the musical score." The museum galleries are located on the ground floor. A permanent exhibition entitled "Sound Dimensions — Musical Journeys in Space and Time" illuminates European music history. The first temporary exhibition is to be dedicated to the key stages in the development of Hungarian pop music from the 1950s to the 1990s. A hemispherical dome is located next to the galleries, where 60 people can simultaneously enjoy the 360-degree sound.
Futuristic architecture of the House of Music
House of Music in Budapest © dailynewshungary.com
The first floor walls are entirely glass — 94 custom-made panels of different sizes were used for them. Two halls are designed on this level. The smaller one is intended for seminars and lectures, while the other, with 320 seats, will be used for musical performances.
Interior of the House of Music with panoramic windows overlooking the park
House of Music in Budapest © archdaily.com / @Liget Budapest
On the second floor, under the roof of the building, there is a multimedia library, classrooms, a Hungarian pop-music archive, and offices. A large spiral staircase and elevators connect the levels.
Chamber Hall of the House of Music
House of Music in Budapest © archdaily.com / @Liget Budapest
The House of Music is part of the ambitious Liget Budapest project, in the framework of which several other museums are planned in the Budapest City Park.