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

With its jagged glass walls and perforated roof that allows natural light To permeate its halls, Budapest’s new futuristic Concert Hall aims to create a harmony between nature and music, providing visitors with 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 is part of the nationalist government in power’s vast project to transform Budapest’s city park into a showcase of hungarian culturewhich has been embroiled in political controversy due to its high costs and the loss of some green spaces.

Visitors attend a concert at the House of Music, designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto in Budapest, Hungary. (REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo)

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

House of Music, House of Music Budapest, House of Music Sou Fujimoto The House of Music recently won the ‘Best Use of Music in Property Development’ award at the Music Cities Awards. (REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo)

“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 love the building… Many buildings have been 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’s on Time Out’s list of the world’s best new releases of 2022.

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