There is perhaps no other cultural area where Hungarian art has made a bigger impact than in music. A number of Hungarian composers and musicians – among them Ferenc Liszt, Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, György Ligeti and Zoltán Kocsis – have made their mark on the universal language of music, yet the country has no centre to provides a comprehensive overview of the treasures of their legacy in the global context of music history.
The House of Hungarian Music, to be built as part of the Liget Budapest Project, will on one meet an existing need, while on the other establish a genuine living community space that will serve as one of the defining meeting places for Hungarian musical life with its exhibition, concert and education halls, open-air stage, music teaching programmes for children, activities, concerts, displays and plethora of opportunities for enjoyable learning, as well as its unique sound dome. The new institution will be an ambassador and forum for the wonder of music with its diverse and rich offering in keeping with the unique and outstanding characteristics of our nation's historical legacy and present.
The permanent exhibition of the Hungarian House of Music will present the history of music from the development of the human voice to modern trends, but will place special emphasis on Hungarian music and its diverse history. The main audience for the institution are children, their parents and teachers, as well as young adults. This is a broad spectrum of visitors who may not have any particular musical expertise and are unlikely to frequently attend classical music concerts. This "palace of musical miracles" built founded on special installations and technical solutions makes it possible to experience first hand the foundations of musical harmony and the physiology of perceiving sound – providing every visitor with a genuine sense of joy.
Construction work on the House of Hungarian Music, part of the Liget Budapest Project, 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. Both the construction work and the building site have scored an “exemplary” rating in terms of the BREEAM environmental awareness assessment, the most important international building classification system.
The House of Hungarian Music is being constructed next to the Városliget lake near the Vajdahunyad Castle and the building overlooking the ice rink on the site of the disused and now demolished buildings of the Hungexpo offices, which were a blight on the park for decades. The almost entirely translucent and environmentally friendly building designed by Japanese star architect Sou Fujimoto aims to establish a harmonious transition between the natural and man-made world. According to Fujimoto, it is a major dream for any architect to design a modern museum and the House of Hungarian Music embodies everything that makes today's museum architecture exciting: A conventional exhibition space is no longer sufficiently attractive, so it needs to be combined with other functions, such as performance halls and teaching spaces.