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Csontváry Museum on the ridge

For a competition of the new Csontváry Museum, Anita Sárosi designed her building on the Normafa hilltop where the ridge is missing. She designed a backbone building with painting's sized spaces and the building gradually grew to a viewpoint.

Csontváry (1853-1919) is a special and well-known character of Hungarian culture. He was a very original painter who immensely respected the nature as God's creation. He lived humbly and faithfully, painted and wrote. His communication no sweety, direct and clean. Csontvary renewed the technique of oil painting and paint colors to paint giant fascinating landscapes (20nm). His mission was to show the "Sunway" as the divine powerful energy to everybody. He truly thought that his paintings have healing power and his message will reach us.

He died in extreme poverty, but an architect rescued his legacy and the Hungarian Government promised to build a museum. Link to further information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tivadar_Csontváry_Kosztka




I found a beautiful natural location in Budapest for the promised museum. A discontinued parking on the Normafa hilltop, where the ridge is missing, so there is no view now. I designed a backbone building with painting's sized spaces and the building gradually grew to a viewpoint. The building is optimally bounded off from the natural environment as much as absolutely necessary for the paintings. The location - the parking place - is empty so there is no need to cut a single tree.


Inside of the museum, there is a route for the visitors similar to the painter's time and space. The backbone is divided into 9 parts, one room is one painting's area in chronological order. The paintings will be exhibited in the real cardinal points. The interior continues to rise - 5% barrier-free ramp The divisions are resting places with glass wall. At the end of the exhibitions visitors arrive at the top of the museum, where a magnificent Budapest and surroundings panorama view waiting for them.




Csontváry Museum respects and cooperates with the nature, it gives us a unique and iconic phenomenon and surprisingly high viewpoint like the painter.

 

 

 

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