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DS+R to design new Hungarian Museum of Transport in Budapest

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has won an international design competition for the new Hungarian Museum of Transport in Budapest, Hungary. DS+R's new proposal will be built in an abandoned former railway of the Hungarian State Railways in Budapest. The competition was launched last August, thirteen Hungarian and international architectural firms submitted their proposals for the two-stage competition.
All images courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

After being assessed by an 18-member international jury, DS+R's design scheme has been named the winner of the competition for its "exciting, bold and highly flexible design" that features flexible exhibition spaces with outstanding visitor experiences and high quality public areas in a bold architectural framework.

DS+R's proposal also preserves the industrial heritage of the site and brings a breath-taking idea with multi-layered building. In December 2017, the government approved a decision about the renewal of the Hungarian Museum of Transport.

All images courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

More space needed

As the museum needs more space than it used to have in its former location undergoing redevelopment, the institution was relocated to the former Northern Maintenance Depot in one of the largest rust belts of Budapest, about to be developed. The new venue, together with its renewing environment is perfectly situated to be turned into an urban node together with other state-backed and municipal developments, a catalyst for the renewal of neighbouring districts and a hub of community learning.

The new building will cover a 10,000m2 space, over twice the size of the old location, the new permanent exhibition with its contemporary exhibition techniques will show the inspiring history of Hungarian transport and its international impact through the display of several original vehicles and artifacts.

The new building complex will house a similar sized storage of artifacts, a technical library, a documentation centre and a technical restoration base. The area, off limits to visitors for almost a century and a half, will be open, becoming accessible. New community spaces will arise and with the rehabilitation of the former industrial site, the city will gain significant green spaces.

All images courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

"The new home of one of Europe's oldest museums of transport will be designed by one of the most renowned architectural studios as a brownfield redevelopment," said general director of the Hungarian Museum of Transport Dávid Vitézy.

"An internationally outstanding centre of knowledge will come into existence with new community spaces and high quality services on the seven-hectare site at the corner of Könyves Kálmán Boulevard and Kőbányai Road."

Article originally published on World Architecture Community.
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