In May 2019 Prime Minister Viktor Orbán opened the National Conservation and Storage Centre, a world-class museum service facility constructed as part of the Liget Budapest Project. The hundreds of thousands of artworks and artefacts from the Museum of Fine Arts, the Hungarian National Gallery and the Museum of Ethnography are continuously being moved into the building in Szabolcs Street, which will be home to the greater part of these museums’ collections; moreover, their restoration and conservation will also be carried out here.
Implementing the vision of a car-free City Park has reached a landmark: the Museum Underground Parking Lot has been opened as part of the Liget Budapest Project. The facility provides green parking on Dózsa György Road for park visitors and local residents, announced László Baán, ministerial commissioner for the Liget Budapest Project.
The renewed botanical garden, a new adventure park for dogs and the two-kilometre long, illuminated City Park Circular Running Track have been completed within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project, announced Benedek Gyorgyevics, the CEO of Városliget Zrt. responsible for the implementation of the Liget Budapest Project. The Mőcsényi Mihály Botanical Garden awaits visitors as a colourful, atmospheric communal space and knowledge centre on nature, while sports enthusiasts can utilise the completed two-kilometre circular tartan track within a few days. As a result of these developments, over 150,000 m² of green area was revamped during the implementation of the Liget Budapest Project along with the planting of almost 500 new, healthy trees. The CEO also announced that the next development phase of the park is soon to begin, which will continue with a complete landscaping renovation through the development of a new green area of over several thousand square metres.
The House of Hungarian Music, which is being built as part of the Liget Budapest Project, has won the World's Best Use of Music in Property Development at the American Music Cities Awards, one of the world's most professional music and trade award ceremonies, the Városliget Zrt. CEO Benedek Gyorgyevics has announced. The unique building was placed in the top three of the Best European Development category, before taking the main prize in the Best Use Of Music In Property Development/Real Estate category.
The special roof structure of the House of Hungarian Music has been completed. Its unique and organic form will make it into an iconic sign expected to boost Budapest’s tourism appeal, said László Baán, ministerial commissioner for the Liget Budapest Project. The playfully undulating roof structure varying in thickness remains under the level of the City Park’s foliage thus the building will blend into its natural environment. In the meantime, Budapest’s local government is trying to stop the Liget Project through legal means, by amending the Városliget Construction Regulation; however, at the partnership negotiations organised on this topic by the Budapest local government the overwhelming majority of opinion-leaders made a stand against the Budapest local government’s proposal and supported the implementation of the complete Liget Project.
The all-encompassing reconstruction of the Museum of Fine Arts has been recognised with one of the most prestigious international heritage protection awards. The museum reopened in 2018 after its renovation won the Europa nostra Award, the European Union’s Cultural Heritage Award, in the Conservation category. The three-year reconstruction, designed by Ybl Prize laureate architect István Mányi, was implemented within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project.