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Graeme Massie scoops third place in Budapest museum contest

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Graeme Massie Architects has won third place in an international contest for a new Museum of Ethnography in Budapest, Hungary

The Edinburgh-based studio was one of 500 teams who submitted entries to the open and anonymous Liget Budapest contest organised by the city’s Museum of Fine Arts.  

Six teams – including Graeme Massie Architects – were shortlisted for the new Museum of Ethnography which will be constructed on Fifty-sixers’ Square.

French outfit Vallet de Martinis DIID Architects was named the overall winner and Belgium-based practice Bobby Fogel Architecture won second place.

Winner: Vallet de Martinis DIID's Budapest Museum of Ethnography scheme

Winner: Vallet de Martinis DIID’s Budapest Museum of Ethnography scheme

The museum is one of five new cultural institutions planned to open in the capital city by 2018 as part of the £190 million Liget Budapest regeneration project.

Design competitions were launched all the proposed buildings in spring last year.

The Museum of Ethnography; House of Hungarian Music; Museum of Architecture; Museum of Photography; and New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum will be located inside Budapest’s City Park and start on site by 2016.

Sou Fujimoto Architects won first place in the House of Hungarian Music contest while local firm Középülettervező Zrt landed the Museum of Architecture and Museum of Photography projects.

László Baán – ministerial commissioner for the project – said: ‘Thanks to this design competition, the museums to be built in the city park will create a harmonious dialogue with the park and its built environment, representing outstanding architectural value for Budapest and all of Hungary, while catering to the collections and the visitors with their 21st-century functional solutions at a world standard.’

The contest for the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum was re-launched in November after an initial search failed to find ‘any entry suitable for implementation based on the assessment criteria’.

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

Liget Budapest competition results

Museum of Ethnography

1st prize – Vallet de Martinis DIID architects
2nd prize – Bobby Fogel, bFarchitecture
3rd prize – Graeme Massie Architects
Runners up –OVO Grąbczewscy Architekci; Studio Graha Akar Karya; and Oeco-Architectes

Museum of Architecture and Museum of Photography

1st prize
– Kozepulettervező Zartkorűen Műkodő Reszvenytarsasag
2nd prize – GSMM architetti, Giorgio Santagostino-Monica Margarido
3rd prize – LEAD - Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design
Runners up – UAO and De Ferrari y Grass

House of Hungarian Music

1st prize – Sou Fujimoto Architects
2nd prize – ARCVS Projektni biro
3rd prize – AVA | Andrea Vattovani Architecture
Runners up – Kengo Kuma and Associates; 3H ÉPÍTÉSZIRODA; and KLAIR Architecture




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