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Preparatory stage

On 15 February, 2011 László Baán, the Director-General of the Museum of Fine Arts and Géza Szőcs Géza, the Secretary of State for Culture announced that the Hungarian Government is planning a large-scale museum project in the City Park, on Ötvenhatosok Square that will encompass several institutions.

In October 2011 László Baán was appointed Governmental Commissioner of the Project. He has been directing the work as the Ministerial Commissioner since summer 2012 on behalf of the Ministry of Human Resources.

In July 2012 László Baán and László L. Simon, the Secretary of State for Culture, announced the final programme of the project according to which the New National Gallery, the Museum of Ethnography, the Hungarian Museum of Architecture, and as a newly established institution the House of Hungarian Music will be accorded a place in the City Park by 2018, furthermore the Ludwig Museum of Budapest – Museum of Contemporary Art will move to a new building, which it will share with the New National Gallery. Outstanding among the other associated projects  is the partial reconstruction of the Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the development of the National Museum Storage and Restoration Centre not far from the City Park. The comprehensive renewal of the City Park also became an important integrated element of the project in addition to the new structure composed of the institutions moving here or already operating on the site.

With the participation of the leading associates of the institutions of delegated professionals and of invited external experts special work teams were set up for the managing of the restructuring of the institutions and for the development of the functional and aesthetical concept of the new buildings, while the coordination of the project was given to the newly established New National Public Collection Building Complex Project Office of the Museum of Fine Arts. As from January 2014 the Project Office will continue its work as part of the 100% state-owned Városliget Zrt.

 

Governmental Decisions

The Government of Hungary has several times expressed its intention to establish a Museum Quarter. The following Government Decisions contain the Government’s decision on the selection of the site for the Museum Quarter and the institutions to be integrated:

Government Decision no. 1353/2011. (X. 20.)

On the measures needed for the implementation of a suite of buildings for the new national public collection as part of the Andrássy Quarter and for the reduction of traffic in Heroes’ Square

Government Decision no. 1031/2013. (I. 30.)

On the measures needed for the implementation of a suite of buildings for the new national public collection as part of the Andrássy Quarter and for the reduction of traffic in Heroes’ Square

Government Decision no. 1397/2013. (VII. 2.)

On the comprehensive utilization concept of the City Park as the second phase in the concept concerning the new national public collection building complex

Government Decree no. 563/2013. (XII. 31.)

Government Decree no. 546/2013. (XII. 30.)

Government Decision no. 1529/2013. (VII. 12.)

 

Parliamentary Decision

Act CCXLII of 2013 on the Rehabilitation and development of the City Park

For a period of 99 years the whole territory of the City Park will come under the management of Városliget Zrt. 100% owned by the State. During the tenure of the asset management right of the asset manager the buildings constructed as separate properties on the real estate of City Park will become 100% state-owned properties by the force of the law. The winners of this international design competition will be contracted by Városliget Zrt.

 

Ideas Competition, 2013

As part of the Liget Budapest Project the Museum of Fine Arts announced an open international ideas competition on 8 July, 2013 for environmental restructuring, and for urban and location issues pertaining to the New National Public Collection Building Complex. The defined task was to identify a venue for museums on the land site under topographical no. 29732/1 of the City Park, namely on Ötvenhatosok Square and in its environs, the renewal of said environs along with the conservation of the protected buildings, public area elements, and natural environmental values in such a way that improves the green area indicators and increases biological activity after the implementation.

The competition emphasises that in respect to the selection of the site a decisive element was the enforcement of the following criteria: the basic development concept required that a design location be found with historical traditions facilitating cultural life and the spending of leisure time, with ties to the existing institutional system of the Museums and connected to a good green area with excellent transport conditions. 

By the deadline 47 pcs of works were received in an undamaged condition for the ideas competition. The Jury disqualified 2 entries for content and formal reasons.

The members of the Jury were:

László Baán Ministerial Commissioner (Museum of Fine Arts) as Chairman, Ervin Nagy National Chief Architect (MI) as Co-Chairman, Zoltán Rostás Project Director (Museum of Fine Arts) as professional Secretary, Ferenc Barta Chief Architect of Zugló (the Mayor’s Office of Zugló), Imre Bálint President (Budapest Chamber of Architects), Zoltán Cselovszki President (Forster Gyula Centre), György Fekete, President of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, Sándor Finta Chief Architect of Budapest (The Mayor’s Office of Budapest), Lajos Kemecsi Director-General (Museum of Ethnography),  György Sáros László President (Association of Hungarian Architects), Andrienne Szalkai Design Director (FŐKERT), substitute member: Pál Ritoók Director (Museum of Hungarian Architecture). The  Jury was assisted in its work by 12 experts.

The Jury was of the opinion that the competition has achieved its objective. Several professionally interesting and sustainable concepts were submitted for the locating of the buildings, for the development of the urban structural relations and of the green area and transport system. Of them those works were outstanding that – in line with the requirements and conditions of the competition call – have approached the renewal of the City Park in a complex way. In connection with the garden and landscape architectural concepts, the transport systems and routes and in respect to the location of the buildings good solutions were submitted worthy of further consideration. Most of the submitted works contained calculations confirming that the green area and the biological activity there not only can be maintained, but even increased by the right selection of the venue of the new buildings and by considering the City Park as a complex system.

The result of the ideas competition was announced on 3 October,, 2013. 12 entries were awarded: three first places without ranking, three second places without ranking, three special purchases and three purchases were made with total prize money of 19.5 million HUF. The authors of the three 1st prize winning works: Philaemon 2003 Kft. (Zsolt Farsang, Ákos Bolla, István Berkeczi, Levente Molnár G., Viktor Bodnár),  Triskell Épülettervező Kft. (Zoltán Horváth, Bálint Terdik Bálint, Réka Izmindi, Ákos Kovács, János Viczai) and Kollektív Műterem Kft. (Zoltán Kovács, Gyula Csontos, Gabriella Katalin Madari)

 

International Design Competition, 2014

When announcing the final programme of Liget Budapest project in July 2012 László Baán, the Governmental Commissioner, declared: an open, confidential international design competition will be announced for the design of the new buildings. The preparation for this competition started in 2012.

The Governmental Commissioner declared: an open, confidential international design competition will be announced for the design of the new buildings. The preparation of this competition started in 2012.

In the meantime Lord Culture from Paris, the subsidiary of the Canadian Lord Cultural Resources, and the regional representative of the Union Internationale des Architectes have also joined in the preparation of the international design competition.

According to the plans the international design competition announced in  2014 will be closed by the end of the year. This phase will be followed by a design process covering the whole City Park in cooperation with the winning designers in 2015, in parallel with the preparation of the drawings of the various buildings. The construction work will commence in 2016 and the buildings will be completed by 2018.

It is the intention of the Promoter that after the successful closing of the international design competition Városliget Zrt. will sign a contract with the authors of the winning entries and implement the facilities based on the designs to be prepared.