Néprajzi Múzeum, tervezés

Budapest, Városliget
34.000 m2
Városliget Zrt.
General construction plan
foundation stone
Architectural team and design partners

World’s Best Architecture

The multiple award-winnig new museum building – which is part of Europe’s largest urban-cultural development called Liget Budapest Proejct - designed by Napur Architect has dynamic yet simple lines simultaneously harmonised with the park environment and communicating with the surrounding urban area. The City Park (Városliget) is a familiar venue for the Museum of Ethnography: its collection debuted here at the 1896 Millennium Exhibition.

The City Park (Városliget) is not an entirely unknown venue for the Museum of Ethnography, since it was here in 1896, at the National Millennium Exhibition. The collection, which now comprises 250 thousand items from the Carpathian Basin and from every corner of the world, has been hosted by various facilities since its establishment in 1872, but never in its history did it operate in a building designed specifically to cater to its needs. The current location, which once was home to the Hungarian Curia, is far from being suitable to meet the requirements of a museum, and is severely limited in terms of space and opportunities. As a result of the international design competition, the Museum of Ethnography will be finally given a new home in a truly modern building of an all-round world-class standard that will satisfy professional requirements, while catering to the needs of the collection and visitors alike. According to the decision of an international jury, the competition was won by the Hungarian architectural studio, Napur Architect (beating leading world-class architect studios such as Zaha Hadid, BIG, etc.), whose building is distinguished by a dynamic yet simple design harmonised with the natural environment of the park while communicating with the urban texture of its surroundings. The gently curving lines enable the building to function as a gateway and a passage linking the city and the park. Sixty percent of the structure is under ground level, and thanks to the landscaped roof and the transparency of the sections over the ground, the new museum is adapted to its environment in its scale too. The grass-covered roof area will be a pleasant community space awaiting visitors to Városliget.

New Hungarian Ethnographic Museum exterior decorative facade decorated with aluminum pixel grid with ethnographic motifs
New Hungarian Ethnographic Museum Bird's eye view of the new gate of the Városliget Fasor gate

Culture chalice

The Museum of Ethnography is already recognized as one of the most exciting contemporary building in the continent. Evidence of that, it was voted for the Best Mega Futura Project of Europe (as part of the Liget Project) at the MIPIM Awards 2017, and has won the fiercely contested title of World’s Best Architecture at the 2018 International Property Awards. The project was one of over 1700 entries from 115 countries, scrutinised by a judging committee, which is chaired by four UK Lords as well as over 80 global experts.

The new functions and flexible spaces of the modern and state-of-the-art museum building will facilitate the understanding of the historical heritage embodied by the collection as well as the various aspects of contemporary society. Besides passing down this historical heritage, the realisation of more recent professional and research themes and perspectives continues to be among the priority objectives of the museum, as confirmed by its mission.

The creatively built spaces will open up new opportunities to communicate with visitors, enabling the presentation of the everyday objects, phenomena and ideas of the past and the present side by side.

The purpose-built museum was designed with maximum consideration for the required functions, and thus facilitates the large-scale, modern, user-friendly operation of the institution to a significant degree, along with the visually enticing and diverse display of mankind’s material and spiritual heritage, as well as the collection comprising Hungarian and international material.


New Hungarian Ethnographic Museum is a curved green park integrating the monument
New Hungarian Ethnographic Museum entrance view from Heroes' Square
Aura of the new Hungarian Ethnographic Museum urban fabric building
View of the building from the green park of the new Hungarian Ethnographic Museum City Park
Original size of the very first thought drawing made during the design competition period of the new Hungarian Ethnographic Museum: 5 / 8cm
Original size of the second thought drawing perspective made during the design competition period of the new Hungarian Ethnographic Museum: 4 / 7cm
The arch of the building of the new Hungarian Ethnographic Museum can be written in a 1024m diameter editing circle. The invisible continued size of the circular arch rises above the world’s tallest skyscraper _ Burj Khalifa 828m _.
New Hungarian Ethnographic Museum has a typical longitudinal section
Main facade of the new Hungarian Ethnographic Museum
Top view of the new Hungarian Ethnographic Museum
New Hungarian Ethnographic Museum model image from the southwest corner of the building
New Hungarian Ethnographic Museum model image showing the eastern silence wing of the building
New Hungarian Ethnographic Museum model image of the building bird's eye view
Model image of the new terrace of the new Hungarian Ethnographic Museu
New Hungarian Ethnographic Museum model image of the building's south-eastern bird's-eye view of the street
New Hungarian Ethnographic Museum model image of the quiet east wing of the building
New Hungarian Ethnographic Museum model image of the noisy west wing of the building