A few days ago an open, international, two-stage design competition was announced for the design of four new museum buildings within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project in Hungary.
This is an interesting and challenging opportunity to take part in, however, Hungarian professional organisations are worried about the proposed place, which is the City Park of Budapest. It is the oldest park in the city of Budapest, a highly important element of the historic urban landscape of Budapest and part of Budapest World Heritage buffer zone.
The park is two hundred years old, the designer, Heinrich Nebbien won the design competition to create an open, freely accessible public park as early as 1813. The park was built mainly out of public subscription, and since its opening it has been the major public park of the capital of Hungary. Although the park gave space for international exhibitions earlier as well, the buildings have always been meant to be temporary, not to overbuild the green area.
This new project aims to accommodate four new buildings, which means that the building rate in the Park will be nearly doubled, from 5,7% to 13%. Although the idea of the new museum buildings and the new museum ‘quarter’ is an interesting challenge, the site of the project, due to its historical importance, was questioned by several professional organisations, designers, researchers and also by the Hungarian public.
If you are planning to take part in the competition, or know about colleagues who are thinking about it, please consider having a look at these alternative ideas.