19th December 2014, Budapest – The open, international design competition for the museum buildings to be built in the Városliget (City Park), to be completely renewed by 2018, has been closed. Based on the decision of the 11-member jury of prominent Hungarian and foreign professionals, of the close to five hundred anonymous projects submitted to the competition, the Museum of Ethnography will be built based on the plans of Vallet de Martinis DIID architectes (French), the House of Hungarian Music based on the plans of Sou Fujimoto Architects (Japanese), while the FotoMuzeum Budapest and the Hungarian Museum of Architecture will be constructed based on the plans ofKözépülettervező Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság (Hungarian).

This February the Museum of Fine Arts and City Park Property Development Zrt. announced an open, international competition for the design of the five buildings to be built in City Park, the location of the biggest ongoing museum development project in Europe. Of the more than 470 designs submitted by the end of May 2014 deadline, 17 were selected for the second round and were evaluated by an 11-member jury of Hungarian and foreign museum and architectural professionals to find the winning designs and award-winners for the buildings-to-be of the Museum of Ethnography, the House of Hungarian Music, as well as the FotoMuzeum Budapest and the Hungarian House of Architecture. The winning and award-winner designs, as well as the projects that made it into the second round of the competition can be viewed online at www.ligetbudapest.org and are available at the following links.

Video: ligetbudapest.org/competition/upload/documents/LigetBudapest_CompetitionsResult.wmv

Summary of the winners: ligetbudapest.org/competition/upload/documents/SummaryOfEntries.zip

Entries of the second round: ligetbudapest.org/competition/upload/documents/LigetBudapest_SecondStageEntries.zip

Author information: ligetbudapest.org/competition/upload/documents/AuthorInfo.zip

Among the 80 designs that were submitted for the building of the New National Gallery - Ludwig Museum, the jury did not find any that it deemed suitable to be implemented based on the evaluation criteria; therefore, a new competition was announced, which is expected to be closed next August.

The jury and the 36 experts who helped their work evaluated the projects based on 5 groups of criteria. Besides the architectural quality and solutions of the designs the judging committee also examined the technological and functional ideas (e.g. envisioned visitor experience and museum technological solutions), the sustainability of the designed building (energy efficiency, ecological considerations), its dialogue with the environment (including its embeddedness in the urban landscape, its connection with the City Park, and the accessibility of the building), as well as the expected costs of the implementation. Another highlighted consideration was for the designed buildings to be friendly to the green surface of the park to the greatest possible extent.

“Thanks to this design competition, the museums to be built in the City Park will create a harmonious dialogue with the park and its built environment, representing outstanding architectural value for Budapest and all of Hungary, while catering to the collections and the visitors with their 21st-century functional solutions at a world standard,” said László Baán, Ministerial commissioner for the Liget Budapest Project. The new museums will be housed in contemporary buildings meeting the requirements of sustainable architecture, while also fitting in with the natural and built heritage of the City Park. Through cooperation between themselves and with the museums built here a hundred years ago, the new buildings demonstrating individual and powerful architectural ideas will bring into being a unique institutional network of public collections that will not only enhance the international image of Budapest and Hungarian culture but will also provide exciting and open community spaces for the inhabitants of Budapest as well as for domestic and foreign visitors.

The applicants participating in the architectural design competition submitted their projects anonymously, under a registration number. Complying with the procedure laid down in the competition according to strict international regulations, the jury was only able to become familiar with the submitted designs, and the identity of the award-winning designers was only revealed after the final decision was made.

The five new buildings to be constructed within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project aimed at the complex development of the City Park will be located on the edges of the park, in areas currently covered with concrete, as well as on the site of existing buildings and structures in the City Park that are earmarked for demolition; thus, during the implementation of the project the green area of the park will be preserving and enlarged. The Museum of Ethnography, the Hungarian Museum of Architecture and the FotoMuzeum Budapest (currently the Hungarian Museum of Photography) will be situated on Ötvenhatosok tere (Fifty-sixers’ Square), the House of Hungarian Music will occupy the area of the former Hungexpo Offices, to be pulled down, while the New National Gallery – Ludwig Museum will be constructed in the place of the Petőfi Hall. Thanks to the project, simultaneously with the rehabilitation of the park’s flora, the green area of the City Park will be increased by tens of thousands of square meters, from today’s 60 percent to 65 percent.

According to plans, construction will begin in 2016, and the new museums will open to visitors in March 2018.

The total cost planned for the implementation of the new public buildings is 75 billion forints.

The last open, international design competition in Hungary took place in Budapest’s heyday, at the time of the millennium, more than 100 years ago.

The international jury had 11 members: chairman László Baán – ministerial commissioner for the Liget Budapest Project and director-general of the Museum of Fine Arts; co-chairpersons Wim Pijbes – architect and director-general of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam – and Martha Thorne – architect and managing director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize; members Paula Cadima – architect and university lecturer (AA London School of Architecture), György Fekete – interior architect and president of the Hungarian Academy of Art, Sándor Finta – chief architect of Budapest, Edwin Heathcote – architect and architectural critic for the Financial Times, Henri Loyrette– state councillor and former director of the Musée du Louvre, Ervin Nagy – national chief architect, László György Sáros – architect and president of the Association of Hungarian Architects; substitute members Imre Bálint – president of the Budapest Chamber of Architects, Zoltán Cselovszki – architect, former president of the Forster Gyula National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management and acting director-general of the Museum of Fine Arts, György Fazakas – architect, and Tamás Perényi – architect, associate professor and head of the Faculty of Architecture at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. UIA (International Union of Architects) delegated a member, Juhani Katainen – architect and former dean of the Tampere University of Technology – and a substitute member, Roueïda Ayache – architect – to the jury.


The list of experts is available here: Experts' list


In the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum competition conducted in the framework of the Liget Budapest International Design Competition the jury has not found any entry suitable for implementation based on the assessment criteria, and officially closed that competition after the First Stage. However the jury awarded 5 entries in the First Stage with honourable mentions (in Hungarian these kind of prize awards that are not 1st, 2nd or 3rd prizes are called 'purchases'), based on their valuable architectural solutions. In the meantime the jury recommended for the Promoters the launch of a new competition in the Fall of 2014. For the entries awarded in the first stage of the closed competition please follow the link below.

ligetbudapest.org/upload/documents/Liget_Budapest_Gallery_Ludwig_purchases.pdf

In line with the Jury’s decision the Liget Budapest project team is announcing a two stage architectural design competition for the common building of the New National Gallery and the Ludwig Museum. In the first stage only a short track record (only cultural function, realised, at least 5.000 sq m), staff description and demonstration of financial compliance is required. The invited offices and the best of the entrants meeting the requirements (maximum of 10) will be invited to the second stage and all of them will be awarded with a 20.000 Euro invitation fee. In the 2nd phase of the competition drawings of scale 1:250, a clear energy concept and infographics will be required.

1st prize: 65.000 Euro | 2nd prize: 35.000 Euro | 3rd prize: 25.000 Euro

Total prize money: 325.000 Euro

List of invited studios:

Ateliers Jean Nouvel,

David Chipperfield Architects,

Mecanoo,

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos S.L.P.,

Renzo Piano Building Workshop,

Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates (SANAA),

Snøhetta

The winner of the competition will receive the commission for the design.

For further information please visit the competition website at http://ligetbudapest.org/gallery


We would like to inform you that the Promoters extend the Second Stage QA period with one week. Please find the new deadlines on the main page of the competition website. The date and time of the submission deadline and the announcement ceremony do not change.


The Promoters are happy to announce that the Second Stage of the Liget Budapest International Design Competition is now open. Please go to the Downloads menu to download the Second Stage Competition programme and (after login) the updated documentation.

The Entrants invited to Stage Two will be able to ask questions the same way they did in the First Stage, until the deadline indicated in the competition schedule. The QA will be accessible for every registered user in read only mode.

We kindly ask the Entrants invited to Stage Two to login on the website and go to the ENTER menu where they are required to enter Stage Two officially, to unlock the ability of asking questions in the QA.


The First Stage of the Liget Budapest International Design Competition has been officially closed. The more than 470 entries received no later than the submission deadline have been evaluated by the international jury.

Based on the decision of the jury, 6 entries have been invited to the second stage in the House of Hungarian Music competition and the Museum of Ethnography competition and 5 entries in the FotoMuzeum Budapest and Hungarian Museum of Architecture. The authors of these entries have been notified in line with the competition schedule.

In the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum competition the jury has not found any entry suitable for implementation based on the asessment criteria, and offically closed that competition after the First Stage. However the jury awarded 5 entries in the First Stage with honorable mentions (in Hungarian these kind of prize awards that are not 1st, 2nd or 3rd prizes are called 'purchases'), based on their valuable architectural solutions. In the meantime the jury recommended for the Promoters the launch of a new competition in the Fall of 2014. The entrants awarded with the honorable mentions will be notified until 29th of July. The time and date of official announcement of the results of the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum competition will be communicated later.

The Second Stage of the Liget Budapest International Design Competition will start in the middle of August, where the invited entrants will be required to submit more detailed plans, analyses and drawings. The detailed Competition Programme for the Second Stage will be relaeased soon.

The expected date of the official announcement of the results is 19th of December.


The Promoters would like to thank all the entrants again for their participation in the competition. We would like to kindly inform you that we have notified the entrants selected by the Jury to be invited to the Second Stage via email. Those entrants not receiving an email about being invited to the Second Stage will be provided shortly with a summary of the evaluation of their entry in the First Stage. Since we had to process a very large amount of entries in a very short period of time we would kindly ask for your patience in terms of providing this summary. Thank you.

Please also note that the Jury decision regarding the competition of the 'New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum' is not yet final therefore no notification has been sent. The final decision regarding this single competition is expected to be made next week. Thank you for your understanding.

 



We would like to thank to all the entrants participating in the Liget Budapest International Design Competiton. We have received almost 500 entires, that were delivered no later than the submission deadline of the first stage. We are now processing the entries and we will compile a list of them indicating their identification code during next week.

During this phase due to IT reasons we would like to kindly notify you that you are requested to change your password. Please go to the Login page of the competition website, type in your email address that you used during the registration process, and click on the button "Lost Password". Your new password will be sent to the email address provided. Please use ONLY LETTERS AND NUMBERS in your new password. Thank you.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Registration is no longer available.


We have been informed that there are several countries where the C3 envelope is not available. The Promoters hereby confirm that the entries can be submitted in an envelope (white or brown) that can accommodate the A3 printed materials (i.e. the envelope can be different than the C3 standard size).

 

Every other requirement remains the same.