The National Museum Restoration and Storage Center (OMRRK), implemented as part of the Liget Budapest Project, won the “Best Public Building Development in Europe” award at one of the world’s most prestigious international real estate competitions, the International Property Awards (IPA).
In 2018, Liget’s Ethnographic Museum was chosen as the best public building, while the Hungarian House of Music received the “Best International Public Building” in 2019, Benedek Gyorgyevics, CEO of Városliget Zrt. said.
Gyorgyevics said that the jury evaluated the project management, architectural concept and quality of the execution when awarding the prize. He added that they must have taken into account the fact that this building houses more than 350,000 nearly invaluable works of the three most important public collections in Hungary — the National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Ethnographic Museum.
As part of the Liget Budapest Project, OMRRK was completed in 2019 on Szabolcs Street next to City Park. The 37,000-square-foot complex houses world-class museum warehouses, restoration workshops, laboratories and research rooms, as well as the Central European Art History Research Institute and a visitor center.
Attila Sághi, Deputy Chief Technical Officer of Városliget Zrt., explained that a 130-year-old Israeli hospital, named after Vilmos Freund was rebuilt as a brownfield development to establish the National Museum Restoration and Storage Center. Advanced architectural elements were also added, such as geothermal energy to cool and heat the buildings, he added.