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

BUDAPEST, Jan 25 (Reuters) – 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, providing audiences with visitors an uplifting experience.

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.

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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 (39.4-foot) high continuous glass wall that consists of 94 pieces arranged in a zig-zag pattern that reflect sound, creating seamless acoustics with the same sound quality throughout, 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 glass surface has been created which can be adjusted. There are approximately one meter wide glass panels which can be individually adjusted, and with this the sound can be channeled to the ceiling where sound is absorbed.

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

“I like the building… Many buildings were built amid 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’s on Time Out’s list of the world’s best new releases of 2022.

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Written by Krisztina Than; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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