The objective of the Liget Budapest Project is for the renewed City Park to become a tourist destination with a complexity, quality and international appeal unrivalled by any other in Europe. The individual historical, natural and institutional qualities of the almost 200 year-old City Park combined with the new museums to be built will result in a world standard, complex, family-friendly cultural and recreational park where, similarly to the leading cities of the world, everybody will be able to find the kind of recreation they desire, whether it be spending time in nature, doing sports, appreciating culture or taking part in family events. Thanks to one of Europe’s largest cultural development projects, with an expected return on investment within the next 10-12 years, an additional 1 million visitor nights are anticipated in the capital annually.
Thanks to the recently closed landscape architectural competition, tens of thousands of square meters of new green area, more than one thousand newly planted trees, a 2-kilometre running track, larger playgrounds, an expanded boating lake, a rose garden and much more will be added to Budapest’s City Park. According to the winning project of the Garten Studio Kft. landscape architecture office, the concreted over surfaces will be significantly decreased and far more recreational functions will be found in the City Park by 2019, the planned year of its comprehensive renewal. Városliget Zrt. announced the landscape architectural competition at the end of last year within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project, in conjunction with the Landscape and Garden Architecture Division of the Hungarian Chamber of Architects and the Hungarian Association of Landscape Architects. The competition is aimed at the renewal of the park to cater to 21st-century needs as well as its historical rehabilitation. Thanks to the Liget Budapest Project, world standard museums will be built in the Liget in tandem with the restoration and reconstruction of its popular old institutions, while the green areas will also be increased and renewed in the City Park, one of the oldest public parks in Europe. The winning and awarded projects can be accessed at www.ligetbudapest.org/park.
The international jury deemed the design of the consortium led by the Napur Architect Ltd architect’s office (Ferencz Marcel DLA, Détári György DLA, Ferencz István DLA, Bodonyi Csaba DLA, Rudolf Mihály DLA, Őrfi József, Papp Dávid) the best; thus, they will design the building of the Museum of Ethnography on Ötvenhatosok Square. According to plans, the new home of the Museum of Ethnography, which will cater to professional and visitor needs at the highest standards and will be implemented as part of the Liget Budapest Project, aimed at the comprehensive and complex renewal of Budapest’s City Park, will open its doors in 2019. The new museum building will not only be another emblematic landmark in the capital but after 140 years it will finally provide a home worthy of a collection comprising hundreds of thousands of artefacts. The winning design and the other awarded projects can be accessed at: http://www.ligetbudapest.org/ethnography/ The jury ranked the designs of Sauerbruch Hutton and BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group in the second and third places, respectively.
Hungary’s landscape architecture profession has been charged with a task of historical importance since the landscape architecture competition announced by Városliget Zrt. – supported by the Landscape Architecture and Garden Design Division of the Chamber of Hungarian Architects and the Association of Landscape Architects – facilitate both the 21st-century renewal of the park and the historical rehabilitation of the Városliget. The aim of the open international tender is to have a larger and green area that will be better tended, providing more opportunities for sport and recreation and, overall, the creation of a City Park renewed in every respect. Thanks to the Liget Budapest Project, new, world class museum buildings will be constructed in tandem with the renovation of the popular institutions that already operate here, and the green area of the City Park, one of Europe’s oldest public parks, will be increased.
The full text of the competition can be accessed at www.ligetbudapet.org/park.
A CREATIVE IDEAS COMPETITION WITH THE TITLE “OURPARK – YOU’VE GOT A PLACE IN THE PARK” (MILIGETÜNK – VAN HELYED A LIGETBEN!) WAS ANNOUNCED FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PUPILS ENCOURAGING THEM TO DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE RENEWAL OF THE PARK. OF THE GREAT NUMBER OF PROJECTS THE JURY SELECTED 53 CREATIVE PARK BENCH DESIGNS, AN IDEA DEVELOPED FOR AN OUTDOOR PICNIC CINEMA, AND MANY OTHERS.
VÁROSLIGET ZRT. IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE COLOURFUL CITY GROUP (SZÍNES VÁROS CSOPORT) ANNOUNCED A CREATIVE COMPETITION WITH THE TITLE “COLOURFUL PARK – COLOUR THE PARK ” (SZÍNESLIGET – SZÍNEZD KI A LIGETET!) AIMED AT RENEWING AND PAINTING THE FIREWALLS OF THE CITY PARK, PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CREATIVE COMPETITORS TO TRANSFORM THE DERELICT CONCRETE WALLS BEHIND THE OLOF PALME HOUSE, THUS ADDING COLOUR TO THIS NEGLECTED PART OF THE CITY PARK.