This time, one of the world’s most prestigious architectural awards, the Architectural MasterPrize, has been won by Sou Fujimoto’s Budapest building.
In the Architectural Design of the Year category of the US-based Architectural MasterPrize, the jury voted the House of Music Hungary, which opened earlier this year, as the best, and the Budapest venue took the top prize. This not only makes it the most awarded building in Hungary (previous prizes have also been covered here) but also puts it in the top league in Europe.
László Baán, the project’s ministerial commissioner, received the award on Thursday at a ceremony at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The location is symbolic, as the museum, which is 25 years old this year, has itself become the most awarded and iconic building in the world.
At the award ceremony, László Baán thanked Suo Fujimoto, the designer of the House of Music Hungary, whose architectural masterpiece, dreamed up for the site in the Budapest City Park, has now become an integral part of the Hungarian capital’s exceptionally rich architectural heritage. Similar to the architectural creations of Budapest designed by foreign masters over the last 150 years, such as the Chain Bridge, which has become a symbol of the city, or the buildings of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Comedy Theatre of Budapest, and the Nyugati Railway Station.