Futuristic mushroom? The all-glass House of Music blooms in Budapest’s park | The life


A general view shows the House of Music, designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto in Budapest, Hungary, January 23, 2022. – Reuters pic

BUDAPEST, January 25 — With jagged glass walls and a perforated roof that lets natural light into its halls, Budapest’s futuristic new concert hall aims to create harmony between nature and music, offering visitors a uplifting.

Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, the House of Hungarian Music opened its doors to visitors on Sunday with concerts by musicians from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.

It’s part of the ruling nationalist government’s sweeping plan to turn Budapest’s city park into a showcase of Hungarian culture, which has been embroiled in political controversy over its high costs and the loss of some green spaces.

The building, some say, resembles a giant mushroom with its perforated roof that channels light to all its levels via 100 so-called “skylights,” or large holes.

It has a 12-meter-high continuous glass wall that consists of 94 pieces arranged in a zigzag pattern that reflect sound, creating seamless acoustics with the same sound quality everywhere, according to its designers.

“The glass walls are not placed parallel but it is a zigzag surface where the sound is broken,” said operations manager Marton Horn.

“Behind the concert stage, a glazed surface has been created that can be adjusted. There are approximately one meter wide glass panels that can be adjusted individually, and with this the sound can be channeled to the ceiling where the sound is absorbed.

The building houses a concert hall, several concert halls, interactive exhibits and a library. Its huge glass surfaces blend the boundaries between interior and exterior, between the natural environment and the built environment.

“I like the building… Many buildings were built amidst controversy, why there and why that way. But I like it,” said Daniel, one of the first visitors.

The House of Music recently won the ‘Best Use of Music in Property Development’ award at the Music Cities Awards. It is on Time Out’s list of the best new things in the world in 2022. – Reuters

Visitors attend a concert at the House of Music concert hall, designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto in Budapest, Hungary, January 23, 2022. - Reuters pic
Visitors attend a concert at the House of Music concert hall, designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto in Budapest, Hungary, January 23, 2022. – Reuters pic
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