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Museum of Ethnography Voted the World’s Best Public Building

MTI-Hungary Today 2024.06.02.

The Museum of Ethnography, built as part of the Liget Budapest Project, was voted the world’s best public building on May 30 in Singapore, announced Benedek Gyorgyevics, CEO of Városliget Zrt., the company responsible for the implementation of the project.

According to a statement by the company, the museum designed by Marcel Ferencz was awarded a gold medal at the FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence, one of the most prestigious international real estate development awards.

The House of Music Hungary, a musical initiation center designed by Japanese star architect Sou Fujimoto, also won an award at the international event, making it the world’s two best public buildings in Budapest’s City Park. The jury of international experts judged the two special institutions to be among the best in the world in terms of sustainability, aesthetics, and visitor experience, making them the most awarded buildings in Hungary.

House of Music Hungary’s building, with the Balloon Lookout in the background. Photo: Facebook/Magyar Zene Háza

“The two special buildings have become the sights of our country and have become new symbols of the capital and Hungary. In addition to the prestigious awards, the fact that the two buildings have exceeded all our previous expectations in terms of visitor numbers is also proof of this,” the statement quotes Benedek Gyorgyevics as saying. The CEO also highlighted that the Museum of Ethnography represented the country in the Hungarian pavilion at one of the world’s most prestigious cultural events, the Venice Biennale in 2023.

Museum of Ethnography. Photo: Facebook/Napur Architect

The Museum of Ethnography was the subject of an international design competition in 2016. From a world-class field, the international jury unanimously selected a Hungarian design by NAPUR Architect, led by Marcel Ferencz.

The museum, which opened its doors in May 2022, features interactive exhibitions, an impressive Ceramic Space with around 4,000 artifacts, and the Liget Budapest Visitor Center, with a giant maquette displaying Budapest’s golden age.

The rooftop garden of around 7,000 square meters has become one of Budapest’s favorite meeting places.

Part of the museum is located underground, and the roof is planted with grass and flowers, allowing visitors to enjoy the atmosphere. Photo: Facebook/Néprajzi Múzeum

The press release recalls that the museum has attracted the attention of professionals from all over the world since the announcement of the results of its design competition. In 2018, it was voted the world’s best public building based on its design at the London International Property Awards, the most prestigious international architecture and real estate competition, and was also awarded the Best Architecture Grand Prize.

In 2022, it won the top prize in the cultural category of the prestigious Swiss BLT Built Design Awards, first place in the cultural category of the Chinese IDEA-TOPS Awards, while it was also voted top of the category at the London International Creative Competition, and awarded “Excellent Architecture” by the German Design Award. The prestigious Dutch Archello Awards and the Italy International Design Award selected it as one of the best projects of 2022.

In 2023, the Ethnographic Museum was selected by Time Magazine as one of the World’s Greatest Places. The same year, the building won the Paris Design Award and the International Architecture Award, and was voted best in the categories “museum architecture” and “architecture and façade” by Architizer A+ Awards.

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Via MTI, Featured image: Facebook/Néprajzi Múzeum

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