This is Europe’s largest and most ambitious urban cultural development.
Liget Budapest Project envisions the complete renewal of Budapest's largest and most iconic public park. Such rehabilitation can only be implemented at a 21st-century standard, while fully respecting the park’s 200-year-old heritage. Thanks to this mega-investment a crown jewel for Budapest will be born, which will become the capital's must-visit magnet development both for local as for visitors. The uniqueness of this magnificent project lies in the capability of bringing together the best of two worlds without compromise: renewed Városliget will be a green oasis in the middle of the city offering unrivalled leisure+cultural experiences for both Budapest citizens and tourists from all around the world.
After shortlisted for the ‘Best Futura Mega Project’ award by an international jury comprised of leading international real estate experts and architects in MIPIM 2017, the whole European professional community monitors the Liget Budapest Project which is already in the execution phase. 2018 was a milestone in the history of the Liget Budapest Project, when after six years of preparatory work the execution of the plans started, and this year.
Evidence of that, that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán handed over one of the most important element of the Liget Budapest Project, the Hungarian Museum Restoration and Storage Centre. The institution features state-of-the-art storage areas, restoration workshops, research rooms and offices, the plans have also allocated a space in a reconstructed medical edifice to the Central European Art History Research Institute in the building complex of some 37,000 square metres equipped to satisfy every professional requirement. The Centre is one of the most advanced institution of its kind in Central Europe. The project has already raised the profile of its neighbourhood: as a magnet development it attracted several investors to the location and also increased the values of the surrounding real estates.
Another highlight of the project, that the construction of - the new building of Europe’s first ethnographic institutions - the Museum of Ethnography has already reached an advanced phase. The unique shaped museum is already recognized as one of the most exciting contemporary building in the continent. It has won the fiercely contested title of World’s Best Architecture at the 2018 International Property Awards. The project was one of over 1700 entries from 115 countries, scrutinised by a judging committee, which is chaired by four UK Lords as well as over 80 global experts.
The House of Hungarian Music was conceived with the intention of becoming the latest in a long line of iconic Budapest buildings. The eminent Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has created a modern and extravagant home for music. During the design stage, Fujimoto drew inspiration from both the worlds of nature and music, and these two sources are clearly evident in the details of his final design. The building’s distinctive floating roof, for example, is a wave-inspired visual representation of resonating sound, while Fujimoto also placed significant emphasis on the symbiosis of nature and the built environment. The result is a light, airy, open, accessible and harmonious building, carefully planned to the very last detail. Construction work is on schedule, the underground work on the building has been completed and the house itself is now being built, so it will be in a structurally complete state within one year.
The reconstruction and restoration of the Olof Palme House, one of the Városliget's monuments, is already complete, and the building opened again in the 26th of October with a new name: the Millennium House. After being unused and in a poor state of repair for many years, the Neo-renaissance building in the heart of Városliget will re-open its doors at the end of 2018. It will be operated as a cultural venue and restaurant. At the time of its building, it was praised mainly for its colourfulness, thanks to the unique Zsolnay porcelain decorations of the facade. The overall reconstruction was based on the original design by Ferenc Pfaff and included the restoration of the original, colourful Zsolnay ceramic decorations of the facade. The new facility also house an events centre equipped with technological solutions that will fully meet contemporary expectations, as well as a restaurant, evoking the mood of the 19th century.
2019 marked the start of the second phase of the park's development, in which one of the biggest and most modern playgrounds in the country has been handed over in 26th of October. The Main Playground offers each age group a separate network of slides, along with nest, circle and hanging swings, rope courses, rotating play equipment, equipment for individual and doubles kicking games, trampolines, various sandboxes and water games in a total area of more than 13,000 square metres. The central element of the Main Playground will be a three-level climbing cage inspired by Pál Szinyei Merse's painting The Balloon, promoting playful artistic associations. As part of the family-friendly developments, the Városliget will host a total of seven new or renovated playgrounds.
The large-scale enlargement of the Budapest Zoo includes the establishment of a new garden section called Pannon Park has already began, which will evoke the prehistoric flora and fauna of the Carpathian Basin. The central facility of the expansion called Biodome: this special area will await visitors with lush vegetation and diverse fauna in a huge, 1.7-hectare hall, which will be the largest of its kind in Europe. It will be like a grassy slope on the outside, and a vast park on the inside. The animals can be viewed along paths leading around the park, but there will be an opportunity for a more exciting adventure too: the flora and fauna of the Biodome can be discovered by rowing boats on a meandering rivulet.
Last, but not least, as a result of the comprehensive development of Városliget, the quality of the park’s entire flora will be fundamentally improved and its area significantly increased. Car traffic through the park will cease, and so will parking above ground. The aim of the landscape competition’s winning team is to reconstruct the 200 years old park as much as possible to its original state, although sometimes the past has been radically reinterpreted into new scenery. The second phase of the renovation is already in progress.