New National Gallery in Budapest


SANAA has in the end carried the day over Snøhetta in the competition for the commission to put Hungary’s National Gallery, with its collections dated between 1800 and 1950, and the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, covering the period from 1950 to the present, under one same roof, though operating independently. In April the Japanese and Norwegian practices had been announced joint winners in the bid to erect the building, one of five museum complexes intended to form the Liget cultural enclave on the outskirts of the Hungarian capital. After a second round of technical and financial negotiations, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa will be raising a volume covered with concave planes and decked with inclined terraces. The permanent collections of both institutions housed in the new construction will be displayed on the same floor level.