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Zaha shortlisted for Budapest ethnography museum

Liget Budapest
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Zaha Hadid Architects has been shortlisted in Budapest’s second international competition for a new Museum of Ethnography

The Pritzker laureate’s practice was chosen alongside GMP and Paris-based Architecture-Studio following an open call to participate in the contest.

The three firms are shortlisted against 12 invited competitors – including OMA, MVRDV, Coop Himmelb(l)au and Dominique Perrault Architecture.

Swiss star Herzog & de Meuron is the only of the contest’s invited practices – first announced last month – not to feature on the shortlist.

The contest – organised as part of the £190 million ‘Liget Budapest’ project – comes a year after French outfit Vallet de Martinis DIID Architects won an initial competition for the scheme.

According to the organisers, the relaunch followed a government decision to relocate the building which ‘necessitated the announcement of a new competitive tender.’

The full shortlist

  • Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Architecture-Studio
  • GMP
  • MVRDV
  • BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Bernard Tschumi Architects
  • Dominique Perrault Architecture
  • Sauerbruch Hutton
  • Coop Himmelb(l)au Architects
  • Emre Arolat Architects
  • OMA
  • Közti Zrt.
  • Balázs Mihály and the BUTE Faculty of Architecture
  • Napur Architect
  • Bánáti + Hartvig Architects

The Museum of Ethnography is one of several new institutions planned for the city’s early nineteenth century park.

Competition-winning proposals for a New National Gallery by SANAA and House of Hungarian Music by Sou Fujimoto are currently advancing.

Judges in the latest contest include Liget Budapest’s governmental commissioner László Baán, Fujimoto and FT architecture critic Edwin Heathcote.

The overall winner – set to be announced on 17 May – will receive an estimated £37,000 top prize.

A second place prize of around £22,000 and third place prize worth approximately £15,000 will also be awarded.

Liget Budapest

Liget Budapest

Vallet de Martinis DIID’s winning scheme in an earlier contest for the Budapest Museum of Ethnography

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