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Budapest’s Liget Project Opens New Design Competition

Tamás Székely 2014.11.10.

The Art Newspaper reported that the international jury choosing an architect to design a new National Gallery, which will also provide a new home for the Ludwig Museum in the Hungarian capital, had invited seven leading practices to take part in a new competition after a first competition did not produce a winning design. The seven architects invited to compete for the high-profile commission are: Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield, Mecanoo, Nieto Sobejano, Renzo Piano, Sanaa and Snøhetta. Launched last week, the competition’s winner is due to be announced next April.

The president of the jury is László Baán, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) in Budapest’s Heroes’ Square, which is near the proposed site of the museum complex on the edge of City Park (Városliget), one of the city’s main sights. Known as the Liget Project, fellow jury members include Wim Pijbes, the director of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and Henri Loyrette, the former director of the Louvre in Paris.

The Liget Project includes plans for five buildings, housing Hungary’s national ethnography museum, architecture museum and museum of photography in addition to the new National Gallery and Ludwig Museum. The Liget Project, which has the backing of the prime minister Viktor Orbán, was originally due to be completed in 2018.

via theartnewspaper.com photo: Budapest’s City Park (Városliget) from bird’s-eye view (nol.hu)