Establishing the Hungarian House of Music was necessitated not only by the great tradition of Hungarian music history, folk music and music education, but also by the importance of promoting the culture of contemporary music with the general public. The museum seeks to present a comprehensive picture of the history of Hungarian musical art and its characteristics to Hungarian and foreign visitors alike in a way that is easy to understand and creates an enjoyable experience, providing the opportunity to feature deservedly world famous Hungarian composers such as Liszt, Bartók and Kodály. The Hungarian House of Music is not a musical institution in a ‘traditional’ sense, but rather a community venue with a complex approach where audiences can become familiar with the Hungarian music legacy and music education through the creative reinterpretation of understanding music; it is a place where visitors will enjoy exceptional traditional and modern museum and music experiences thanks to a range of different instruments and other means.
The Hungarian House of Music will be Budapest’s newest centre of music, an interactive experience centre of the second sense introducing visitors to the world of sounds and focusing on bringing them an interactive, live experience spanning the entire history of Hungarian music. With its complex function unmatched in Hungary it will not only be an exhibition venue but an institution providing a wide range of experiences and disseminating knowledge, modelled on examples such as the Haus der Musik in Vienna and the Cité de la Musique in Paris.
The Hungarian House of Music will cater to all walks of visitors taking an interest in music with its permanent exhibition focusing on the history of Hungarian music, as well as with temporary exhibitions linked to the most varied segments of music, and numerous other events. In performing its educational and knowledge transfer functions, the institution will present the past and present of Hungarian music, its prominent personalities and their oeuvres in an enjoyable and representative way. It will be a kind of ‘sound exhibition’ enabling visitors to personally experience the creation of sound compositions, the making of music, and the physiology of sound perception using special installations and exhibition technology. Although it is not its primary function, the Hungarian house of Music will of course also serve as a venue for concerts and ‘dance-houses’.
The Hungarian House of Music will be located in the inner part of the City Park, next to the City Park Lake, near to Vajdahunyad Castle and the ice rink, on the currently abandoned site occupied by office buildings linked to the former Hungexpo fairs, now earmarked for demolition.
Sou Fujimoto’s design clearly shows the Japanese star architects characteristic concept aimed at creating a harmonious transition between the natural and built environment.
Another one of the marked features of Fujimoto’s buildings is also present in the House of Hungarian Music – that of transparency: the museum will have glass side walls lending openness to the design as if visitors were walking in nature. The designer included several modern and environmentally conscious solutions in his building: solar hot water panels will be fitted on the roof, while the ventilation and air-conditioning of the rooms will be solved naturally, by utilising the wind, and the rainwater collected by the drain pipes will be 100% reused.
The House of Hungarian Music will be constructed on the inner area of the City Park, next to the City Park Lake, near Vajdahunyad Castle and the Ice Rink, on the site currently occupied by the derelict, unused buildings of the former Hungexpo offices earmarked for demolition.