This international two-stage competition was organised with the authorisation of the Government of Hungary and the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts’ New National Public Collections Complex Office, and concerned the design of new museum buildings in the framework of the Liget Budapest Project in the City Park of Budapest.

The Government of Hungary made a commitment to erect new buildings for six different cultural institutions in Budapest, organised via four competitions integrated in the City Park Development Project.

This competition was approved by the International Union of Architects (UIA).


Keywords : Culture, Tourism, Urban Landscape

Competition results

Winner for the House of Hungarian Music

Winner for the Fotomuzeum Budapest and the Hungarian Museum of Architecture

Winner for the Museum of Ethnography

Theme and objectives

The Liget Budapest Project was aimed at developing and renewing Budapest City Park. The City Park has been a dynamic and important place in Budapest for years, with visitors enjoying cultural and educational activities in a green and relaxing space in the heart of the city.


This competition included the design of several buildings such as the New National Gallery, the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Ethnography, the Hungarian Museum of Architecture, Fotomuzeum Budapest and the House of Hungarian Music. 

These new constructions, favouring renewal and expansion in the heart of Budapest, wished to transform the Hungarian capital into a genuine tourist and cultural centre of Eastern Europe. This competition hoped to help make Budapest a dominant, well-known European tourist and cultural destination.

For more information please visit the official website for the competition:

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Key criteria

  • The proposed designs should provide flexible spaces for the decades to come in order to welcome the institutions that move into them; 
  • Respect the environment and the historical legacy of Budapest;
  • The proposed designs should be built in line with the expectations of sustainable architecture; 
  • Create an individual, clearly recognisable and identifiable complex that can increase international awareness of Budapest and Hungarian culture.

Jury Members

  • László Baán, Chairman of the Jury and Director-General of the Museum of Fine Arts, HUNGARY;
  • Wim Pijbes, Co-Chairman, Architect and Director of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, NETHERLANDS;
  • Paula Cadima, Architect, PORTUGAL;
  • György Fekete, Interior Architect and President of the Hungarian Academy of Art, HUNGARY;
  • Sándor Finta, Chief Architect of the City of Budapest, HUNGARY;
  • Edwin Heathcote, Architect, UNITED KINGDOM;
  • Henri Loyrette, State councillor and former Director of the Louvre, FRANCE;
  • Ervin Nagy, National Chief Architect, HUNGARY; 
  • László Sáros, Architect and President of the Association of Hungarian Architects; HUNGARY.

Marta Thorne, Architect and Manager Director of Pritzker Architecture Prize, USA.


Competition closed. Results announced on December 2014