Visiting the House of Music — a tribute to Hungarian musicians who have made their mark on the world — is runner-up on Time Out magazine’s list of “best new things to do in the world in 2022”, project company Városliget said.
Time Out calls the House of Music “the standout initiative” of the Liget Budapest project which aims to rehabilitate the capital’s City Park and transform it into a museum island.
The Hungarian House of Music, which is part of the Liget Budapest project, was ranked 2nd in the top list of new attractions and events that Time Out recommends to international tourism as outstanding new venues and events for the new year.
The summary recalls that the House of Hungarian Music came second to such cultural world sensations as the Museum of Broadway in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul, the Taiwanese Art Centre and the Great Egyptian Museum in Cairo, with its complete collection of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, among others.
In first place was the Paris museum dedicated to the life’s work of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg.
The spectacular Hungarian House of Music was completed in December and will open its doors to the public at the end of January as a unique music immersion complex.
Designed by the Japanese star architect Fujimoto Su, the organically undulating, perforated roof structure and huge glass walls of the building are unmistakable and it is no coincidence that it is considered one of the most anticipated new buildings in the world by the international music industry.
From the beginning of next year, the new institution, which will be nestled among the trees of the City Park, will offer a wide range of musical experiences in harmony with its surroundings.
The Hungarian House of Music was built on the site of the former run-down Hungexpo office buildings, and around the new building, a 7,000 square metre green area that had been closed off and neglected for decades has been renewed and will once again become a freely accessible park area in the City Park.
It is not the first time that the Hungarian House of Music has attracted international attention, and its realisation has been the subject of worldwide attention from the very beginning: it has been declared one of the most anticipated new buildings of 2021 by CNN and the World Architecture Community (WAC).
In 2019, the building was voted Europe’s best public building based on its design at the prestigious International Property Awards in London, one of the most widely recognised awards in the real estate industry. In 2020, it was awarded the top prize for the best music-themed development in the world: the Best Music Cities Development at the Music Cities Awards in the US.
“Opening in early 2022, Sou Fujimoto’s House of Music, Hungary in City Park features a roof perforated with 100 or so cavities that allow natural light, trees and sound to infiltrate the two performance venues, exhibition spaces and library, which are linked by magnificent spiral staircases, and a complete glass exterior to aid reliance on renewable energy,”
Time Out said.