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House of Hungarian Music Wins “Best International Public Service Architecture” Award

After winning the title of Best Public Service Architecture Europe, the House of Hungarian Music, a development within the Liget Budapest Project, has won the Best International Public Service Architecture award at one of the world’s most prestigious international property competitions: the International Property Awards.

Benedek Gyorgyevics, the CEO of Városliget Zrt. (the company responsible for the implementation of the Liget Budapest Project), received the recognition at the gala award ceremony in London that stretched into the late hours this Monday. The House of Hungarian Music – to be built on the site of the now demolished Hungexpo office buildings – won the Best International Public Service Architecture award after being selected as the best among the world’s ten regional winners. Following the recognition won this year by the Museum of Ethnography, the Liget Budapest Project can now boast of two of its buildings being ranked among the best in the world.

The Best International Public Service Architecture award was won this year by the House of Hungarian Music at one of the property industry’s most prominent and widely acknowledged events, the International Property Awards, which has now been running for 26 years. The award winners, selected by an international jury of 80 international experts, received the recognition at the gala ceremony held in London. In the case of each project the jury evaluated project planning, quality, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability. The judging process had several stages and the House of Hungarian Music first won in the Best Public Service Architecture Europe category as one of the winning national projects and then, as the continent’s best, was awarded the title of Best International Public Service Building. Hence, another development to be implemented as part of the Liget Budapest Project has been deemed unique internationally and selected as being among the best in the world.

“After the recognition received by the Museum of Ethnography last year, the one recently awarded to the House of Hungarian Music means that now there are two buildings in the Liget Budapest Project that are ranked by the profession as being among the best in the world: every Hungarian can be proud of this. It also confirms that the Liget Budapest Project, Europe’s largest cultural urban development project, will not only positively affect Budapest’s City Park but will also take international awareness of Budapest and Hungary to a new level,” said Benedek Gyorgyevics, CEO of Városliget Zrt., in connection with the award. “Sou Fujimoto’s building will in all likelihood be one of the new icons in Budapest, and the music institution will also play an important role in the Liget Budapest Project making the City Park a new cultural hub and a vibrant meeting point in the capital. The construction of the House of Hungarian Music is progressing according to plan: structural works are being carried out above ground level, while finishing works are already under way at the lower levels. The building will be structurally completed next year and will open its doors to the public in 2021,” said Benedek Gyorgyevics.

Stuart Shield, President of International Property Awards, pointed out that “the Liget Budapest Project is a great opportunity for the Hungarian capital since it is rare to see such large-scale cultural urban developments in the world these days. The project will enrich Budapest’s cultural palette and could significantly boost the number of tourists coming to Hungary. International attention is anticipated to be focused on Hungary thanks to the designs of the star architects – the recently awarded Hungarian House of Music by Sou Fujimoto and the New National Gallery designed by SANAA. It is our great pleasure that after the success of the Museum of Ethnography last year, the Liget Budapest Project has again proved itself at the International Property Awards competition.”

The House of Hungarian Music will bring Hungary’s rich musical tradition closer to the Hungarian and international public alike with its interactive exhibitions using 21st-century technology, music education workshops, musical events and those linked to music, as well as open-air concerts evoking the music pavilions of the past. It is being built by the City Park Lake, in the direct vicinity of Vajdahunyad Castle and the Ice Rink complex, in the place where the now demolished Hungexpo offices – an eyesore of many decades – were located. The area of ten thousand sq metres, which had been off limits to visitors thus far, will be home to the new institution with a floor space of seven thousand or so sq metres, returning thousands of sq metres of green surface to the public. The world famous Japanese architect’s environmentally friendly building is expressly designed to provide a harmonious transition between the natural and the built environment through the visual continuity created by glass walls delineating the interior and exterior spaces, while catering to all the needs arising from the special function of the institution.

It was a primary objective from the very start during the planning process of the Liget Budapest Project to realise an internationally unrivalled, world standard development in Hungary and, preserving the noblest traditions of the historic City Park, build a greener and culturally more attractive park than ever for visitors, thus strengthening Budapest’s position on the cultural map of Europe.

The prestigious recognition received by the House of Hungarian Music is not the first international success enjoyed by the City Park’s renewal project. International attention was focused on the Liget Budapest Project, Europe’s biggest cultural development last year too: the new Museum of Ethnography was chosen not only from Europe’s but from the world’s best public buildings at the International Property Awards; moreover, it won the World’s Best Architecture special award. The Liget Budapest Project also won the title of Best Urban Development Mega Project in the Best Futura Mega Project category for the largest and most comprehensive developments at the MIPIM real estate exhibition and fair held in Cannes in 2017.