Located next to Városligeti Lake, near the Vajdahunyad Castle and ice rink, plans for the institution were drawn up by the world-famous Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.
Per tradition, a time capsule was placed under the flooring in the building. The capsule contains a wide selection of music; the main documents related to the building’s design, construction and concept; press releases; and relics that can be connected to the building.
László Baán, Ministerial Commissioner of the Liget Budapest Project, said that the Hungarian House of Music brings Hungary’s rich musical tradition closer to all domestic and foreign visitors. It will offer a unique range of content with interactive exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, based on 21st-century technology; music pedagogical workshops; music-related events; and outdoor concerts.
The underground level of the building will house the exhibition space, which will feature exciting exhibits and modern technology for visitors to engage with and enjoy. The permanent exhibition will offer a comprehensive look at music history through the most important turning points in Europe and Hungary, András Batta, the managing director of the institution, said.
Work on the building interior is already underway, and construction of the concert and exhibition halls will now begin. The institution should be open to the general public before Christmas, Batta stated
The building was chosen as the best international public building at the prestigious London International Property Awards in 2019 and received the main prize for the world’s best music-themed development at the American Music Cities Awards in 2020. It was also chosen by both CNN and the World Architecture Community as one of the most anticipated buildings of 2021.