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The building

The House of Hungarian Music was conceived with the intention of becoming the latest in a long line of iconic Budapest buildings. The eminent Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has created a modern and extravagant home for music. During the design stage, Fujimoto drew inspiration from both the worlds of nature and music, and these two sources are clearly evident in the details of his final design. The building’s distinctive floating roof, for example, is a wave-inspired visual representation of resonating sound, while Fujimoto also placed significant emphasis on the symbiosis of nature and the built environment. The result is a light, airy, open, accessible and harmonious building, carefully planned to the very last detail.


The House of Hungarian Music, located next to the Városliget Lake and close to Vajdahunyad Castle and the City Park Ice Rink, opens its doors by the end 2021. The building will seamlessly blend into nature as a continuation of the park itself: the external glass walls and potted roof structure provide channels for natural light to enter, so when those attending a concert will feel as though the musicians are in the park itself, playing music in the midst of the natural surroundings. The building also boasts a range of cutting-edge, environmentally friendly solutions.


The layout of the three floors of the House of Hungarian Music supports the musical offering of the institution. Yet while its three functions – museum, performance venue and musical education institution – are clearly divided, the design of the house also makes it easy to move from one to the other.

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The institute

"Let music belong to everyone!”

Inspired by the motto of Hungarian musicologist and composer Zoltán Kodály, our goal is to help music play a defining role in the lives of as many families, children and young adults as possible. Our wide range of programmes offer a variety of musical experiences, including exhibitions, concerts, group song, dancing and exciting music education activities.

The underground space of the House of Hungarian Music is home to various venues for permanent and temporary exhibitions, and has a total floor space of almost 2,000 square metres. The two internal rooms on the park level are equally suited to live music programmes, concerts and workshops, while the lakeside open-air garden location offers a space for visitors to enjoy a friendly conversation while listening to concerts and performances on the open-air stage. The first floor of the building houses a library mainly concerned with the world of pop music, which presents opportunities for analysis, study and teaching, while young people will get the chance to get more involved with the world of music through activities held in the music education rooms.


The House of Hungarian Music’s programmes give children and parents the chance to discover the joys of listening to music and explore musical theory together. The institute offers a diverse and extensive range of music events at external venues.



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