The House of Hungarian Music, which is being built within the framework of the Liget Budapest project, won the “Best Use Of Music In Property Development/Real Estate” at the most prestigious international competition of the music industry, the Music Cities Awards.
From a very strong field of this year’s entries at the Music Cities Awards, the international jury selected the Hungarian House of Music together with two buildings in the United States for the final in the ‘Best Use Of Music In Property Development/Real Estate’ category, which was won by the Budapest development on Wednesday night, Benedek Gyorgyevics, the CEO of Investor Városliget Zrt. announced today.
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Gyorgyevics emphasized that the prestigious award was given not only to the environmentally friendly building designed by Japanese star architect Fujimoto Szou and his Hungarian partner, M-Teampannon, but also to the professional program of the Hungarian House of Music, developed by András Batta and his team over several years.
According to the CEO, the Music Cities is a series of events created by the most important international players in the music industry, which now dates back more than a decade: the initiative aims to promote the economic, social, and cultural development of cities through music.
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For the first time this year, the organization awarded the best music initiatives in nine categories. In each case, a jury of ten well-known international experts examined the projects’ design, quality, innovation, uniqueness, and commitment to sustainability.
Benedek Gyorgyevics recalled that the House of Hungarian Music is being built on the site of the former, ruined Hungexpo office buildings within the framework of the Liget Budapest project, which he described as the largest cultural city development in the Western world.
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András Batta, the head of the Hungarian House of Music, emphasized that the Music Cities Awards are a huge recognition for both the designers and the content developers of the Hungarian House of Music. The international jury not only examined real estate development but also the role that music can play in the life of the community of specific cities through the projects nominated for the award, he highlighted.
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He added that the developers of the Hungarian House of Music also thought in a similar spirit: in addition to the aesthetic experience provided by the building, they also put serious emphasis on the exhibition to be created in the house, live music, the possibility of concerts, and music pedagogy as well. With all this, the Hungarian House of Music wants to address as many social groups as possible, including families, schools, and amateur musicians.
Benedek Gyorgyevics told MTI that the construction of the building of the Hungarian House of Music is almost ready, the most spectacular phases of the construction are nearing completion. For example, the 13-meter-high, continuous glass façade elements were added to the building, while the specially shaped roof structure with lights was also completed. In the next year, the interior design and exhibition construction works will take place so that, according to the preliminary plans, the general public can visit the House of Hungarian Music and enjoy its many opportunities by the end of 2021.
The current recognition is not the first to be won by the investment: the developments of the Liget Budapest project also won several awards at the International Property Awards professional competition and the MIPIM real estate exhibition in 2017, 2018, and 2019, while the Museum of Fine Arts and its renovation was recently recognized with a Europa Nostra award.
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