The House of Hungarian Music has won the best European public building award at the prestigious International Property Awards (IPA) competition.
According to Abouthungary.hu, the new building, designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and built by Hungarian firm Városliget Kft., is one of the major developments of the Liget Project in Budapest’s City Park.
“The Liget Project is Europe’s most important cultural investment, signifying a world-class development unique even in an international context,” said IPA President Stuart Shield at the London awards ceremony.
Attial Sághi, Deputy CEO of Városliget Kft., said that beyond being a major recognition in its own right, the win also means that the House of Hungarian Music is among the finalists for the world’s best public building awards.
The government commissioner in charge of the new Liget Project recently highlighted how the initiative is set to transform Budapest’s City Park into “a cultural and recreational space unmatched in the whole of Europe”.
László Baán said the park development is progressing at a healthy pace, will occupy more than 13,000 square feet and features around 50 playground installations, including a three-level climbing feature inspired by Pál Szinyei Merse’s painting Airship, which will open towards the end of the month.
The Liget Project is Hungary’s most ambitious urban architectural project since 1990. It consists of the complete overhaul of the Liget City Park, including its existing museums, public bath, zoo, and other landmark buildings. A theater and three museums are also under construction, and a smart city element will be introduced.