Museums in the Park: The Liget Budapest Competition sought proposals for new museums in the City Park, part of which is a World Heritage Site. Our proposal for a shared building of the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum-Museum of Contemporary Art was to be located on a trapezoidal-shaped site in the northern center of the park. A subsequent competition was conducted primarily by invitation using a different, adjacent site more suitable to the large program.
Preserving Trees: A major challenge of this project was the size of its 65,000 square meter program to be located on a site populated by many mature trees. All the trees were surveyed and assigned a monetary value. A primary competition goal was to preserve as many trees as possible, so we mapped the most valuable tress and created courtyards around which the building was formed. Sculptural columns that branch out to support overhangs and ceilings emulate the trees.
Biophilic Architecture: Interpreting the value of trees that the museum replaced, we created a biophilic building capable of sequestering more carbon than the replaced trees using a vegetated public roof garden and what would have been the largest vertical garden in the world. The competition jury never saw our entry due to disqualification because the printer we used in Budapest compromised the anonymity of our entry.