House of Hungarian Music Wins Best International Public Building Award
Fanni Kaszás 2019.12.03.
The House of Hungarian Music, planned to be built as part of the Liget Budapest Project in City Park, has been recognized once again as it became the world’s best public building – after previously taking the award for the best public building in Europe – at the International Property Awards.
The House of Hungarian Music was first awarded as the best Hungarian project, then won the Best Public Building Award in Europe in October. This meant that it could compete with the winning buildings of the world’s 10 regions, eventually winning the “Best International Public Building” award. Benedek Gyorgyevics, CEO of Városliget Zrt., who is responsible for the implementation of the Liget Budapest project, received the recognition at the awards ceremony in London a the Savoy Hotel.
In the announcement, Gyorgyevics emphasized that with last year’s award for the Ethnographic Museum and this year’s recognition for the House of Hungarian Music, there are two institutions in City Park that are recognized as the best of the world and “every Hungarian can be proud of” this accomplishment. Previously, after the European awards ceremony, Attila Sághi, deputy director of the company said the House is “expected to become one of Budapest’s iconic buildings.”
According to origo.hu, Stuart Shield, chairman of the International Property Awards, said the Liget Budapest Project was a huge opportunity for the Hungarian capital, and emphasized that such a large-scale, cultural urban development is rare in the world nowadays.
The House of Hungarian Music is designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and is scheduled to open at the end of 2021, though the structure of the building is to be completed within the next 8 months. The building next to the lake in city park will feature interactive exhibitions presenting Hungary’s rich musical heritage, run music pedagogy workshops, and present indoor and outdoor music events. The environmentally friendly building aims to create a continuity of indoor and outdoor spaces, linking the natural and manmade environments.