SANAA ultimately won the commission in a first-place tie with Snøhetta to design the new National Gallery and Ludwig Museum in Budapest. The new building will be part of the larger ambitious Liget Budapest Project that will revamp and expand the city's 200-year-old City Park, or 'Vársoliget'. First announced as an international design competition in 2014, the project — which claims to be the largest of its kinds in Europe — will add five new museum buildings previously reported at a cost of 75 billion HUF (approx. $268.8 million).
Scroll down for a glimpse of SANAA's winning proposal.
Back in April, SANAA and Snøhetta made it to the top out of a star-studded shortlist when the jury deemed their proposals as outstanding world-class designs that address museum and visitor needs. As for that shortlist, it included high-status contenders like Ateliers Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield, Mecanoo, Renzo Piano, and Nieto Sobejano.
The competition jury then met with SANAA and Snøhetta and further evaluated each proposal based on "contractual conditions, the quality of co-operation with the Hungarian party, technical content, scheduling, costs,...and economy." The renovated National Gallery and Ludwig Museum will be combined into one structure, and is slated to open in the summer of 2019.
As for the other four buildings in the development, they'll be individually designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects, Vallet de Martinis DIID architectes, and Középülettervező Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság. Get a look at their proposals here.
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