This development will allow visitors to the park to regain several thousand square metres of green space that had been fenced off for decades. Another part of Europe’s largest culturally focused urban development project, the National Museum Restoration and Storage Centre (OMRKK), will be completed soon, while the expansion of the Star Fortress in Komárom is nearly finished and the reconstruction of the Olof Palme House is also in its final stages.
Several buildings are being completed this year as part of the Liget Budapest Project
The construction work on the House of Hungarian Music, part of the Liget Budapest Project, is going according to plan, announced Városliget Zrt. CEO Benedek Gyorgyevics, who reported that the underground work on the building has been completed and the construction of the above-ground portion is now underway, meaning that it will be in a structurally complete state within one year. He emphasised the fact that both the construction work and the building site have scored an “exemplary” rating in terms of the BREEAM environmental awareness assessment, the most important international building classification system.
The new educational centre, which will also be one of Budapest’s iconic buildings, is expected to open its doors to visitors at the end of 2021. The House of Hungarian Music will bring the country’s rich musical tradition closer to every Hungarian and foreign visitor alike through interactive exhibitions based on 21st-century technology, musical and music-related events and open-air concerts evoking the atmosphere of the music pavilions of an earlier era. What is being created at the Városliget is a new institution that fills a needed gap by providing a worthy venue for presenting what is probably the branch of the arts for which Hungary is best known and most recognised, while also inspiring visitors to increase their exposure to and knowledge of music.
About the Liget Budapest Project – several project components are being completed in 2019
Like last year, 2019 promises much excitement to look forward to, as visitors to the Városliget will get to start to use another group of project elements, Gyorgyevics pointed out. The Városliget Zrt. CEO reported that the National Museum Restoration and Storage Centre (OMRKK), under construction near the Liget on Szabolcs Street, will be finished by the end of the summer of 2019. When it opens its doors, it will be one of Europe’s most modern institutions dedicated to supporting the activities of museums, with storage space, restoration studios, a research institute and a newly developed public park.
Also soon to be completed is the reconstruction of the monumental Olof Palme House. One of the most beautiful buildings in the Városliget, it will open its doors this autumn with a new name: Millennium House. This remarkably valuable building will offer visitors a seasonal exhibition presenting the golden age of the Városliget and a café with a fin-de-siècle ambience.
This autumn, the public will also get to visit the renovated and expanded Komárom Star Fortress, which will house the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts’ collection of replica statues.
Also being completed this year are one of Hungary's largest and most modern playgrounds and the rose garden under construction in front of the Millennium House.
This year also marks the start of construction on the New National Gallery, on the former site of the Petőfi Hall, and of work on the Hungarian Transport Museum, opening as the House of Hungarian Innovation.
In the coming year, new athletic facilities and a two-kilometre running track will become available for park visitors. Also in 2020, those arriving by car will be able to use the 800-space underground parking garage on Dózsa György Street. On 56-osok tér ("Square of the '56-ers"), work is well advanced on the iconic building that will serve as the Museum of Ethnography. Selected the best public service building of the year, it could be ready as early as 2021.
Also starting up in the future is the construction of the Városliget Children's and Youth Theatre, and the renewal of the landscaping of the Városliget's 100 hectares of parkland will be complete by 2022.
Gyorgyevics reminded everyone that the project elements completed in the past year – the Garden of the Blind offering opportunities for relaxation to the visually impaired, the youth athletic facilities developed for the schools, and the Dog Adventure Park – have all proved highly popular, with more than 250,000 visits to the latter site alone. In the past year, the Liget Budapest Project has also been responsible for the completion of the most comprehensive reconstruction and modernisation in the history of the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts, where the Romanesque Hall can again be viewed in its old splendour after 70 years of being closed to the public.