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Star architects line up for re-launched Budapest gallery contest

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David Chipperfield, Renzo Piano and Jean Nouvel have been long listed to design Budapest’s new National Gallery and Ludwig Museum after an open competition was abandoned

The second contest was launched after an initial search failed to find ‘any entry suitable for implementation based on the assessment criteria’.

Chipperfield, Piano, Nouvel, Mecanoo, Snohetta, Sanaa and Nieto Sobejano have all been invited to compete for the new building.

The client – Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts – said the seven high-profile teams will first outline their staffing, financial compliance and previous track record in delivering cultural buildings.

A shortlist will then be selected for the revised contest’s second stage where scale 1:250 drawings, an energy strategy and infographics will be required. Finalist teams will each receive a £15,700 honorarium.

The new National Gallery – which will also house the Ludwig Museum – is part of the Liget Project which will create a raft of new museums inside Budapest City Park.

Open contests were launched for five new buildings including the Hungarian museum of architecture, museum of ethnography and ‘house of music’ in March.

The National Gallery winner – set to be announced in April 2015 – will receive around £51,000 while the second placed team will take home £27,000 and the third placed entry will be awarded £20,000.

Meanwhile honourable mentions have been awarded to the five teams which were shortlisted in the building’s original, abandoned contest.

The top entries were by Copenhagen’s Atelier Lorentzen Langkilde; Giles Retsin Architect of Bruges; Madrid’s Ulargui Y Asociados Arquitectos;  Yuran Choi, Yongsu Choung and Hyunjung Kim of South Korean; and New York-based Shop Architects.

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