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House of Hungarian Music in Városliget to open January 2022

The Hungarian House of Music will open its doors on Hungarian Culture Day, January 22, 2022, with an interactive music history exhibition and music programs.

After the recently renewed Museum of Fine Arts and Millennium House, the newly completed Hungarian House of Music and the New National Gallery will form a world-class cultural axis, while the green space of the park completely renewed, László Baán, Ministerial Commissioner of the Liget Budapest project, said at the press tour of the Hungarian House of Music. 

Baán said that the Hungarian House of Music is receiving a lot of attention, being named one of the most anticipated new buildings of 2021 by CNN and the World Architecture Community (WAC). In 2019, the building was voted Europe’s best public building based on its design at the prestigious International Property Awards in London, one of the most widely recognized awards in the real estate industry, and in 2020, it was awarded the top prize for the world’s best music-themed development at the Music Cities Awards in the US.

Benedek Gyorgyevics, CEO of Városliget Zrt., pointed out that the Liget Budapest project is currently the largest cultural development in the entire Western world. 

Péter Fekete, Minister of State for Culture of the Ministry of Human Resources, stressed that this “cultural investment boom” has been going on in Hungary since the millennium. 

András Batta, managing director of the Hungarian House of Music, said the institution not only aims to become the home of Hungarian music but also to be integrated into the European cultural bloodstream. The Hungarian House of Music will have a triple function: hosting concerts, dance halls and community music events; focusing on education and music education; allowing visitors to enjoy interactive permanent and temporary exhibitions in the sound dome, he said.

The exhibition “Sound Dimensions – Musical Journeys in Space and Time” will cover 1,000 square meters and let visitors experience a story through an interactive experience. In the creative sound space, non-traditional instruments can be tried out, while the dome-shaped space with 360-degree projection and more than 30 speakers makes music spatially immersive for up to 50 visitors at a time,” he said.

Attila Sághi, Deputy Chief Technical Officer of Városliget Zrt., said that the design almost dissolves the boundaries between the building and the park, while another feature of the building is the organic, “floating” roof structure, with almost no angular elements and nearly 100 individually designed light wells, several of which transmit natural light into the interior spaces down to the lowest levels. Particular attention has also been paid to sustainable and climate-friendly solutions, with the building’s energy supply being largely provided by renewable energy sources, he said.

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