International Design Competition – new Hungarian Museum of Transport – Hungary

The Hungarian Museum of Transport, one of the oldest transport museums in Europe will be rebuilt on a historically significant brownfield site in Budapest. The museum has launched an international design competition to select the best team of architects for its ambitious redevelopment program. 11 architects have been invited directly, the remaining 4 positions are open to architects from all over the world. The deadline for submission of requests to participate is 10 September 2018. The full documentation, more images and more dates are available at the official website of the competition at
The Hungarian Museum of Transport is one of the oldest transport museums in Europe. Two years ago it left its former home in Városliget (City Park), and the Government of Hungary adopted a resolution to relocate the museum to a 7-hectare area of the Northern Maintenance Depot in Kőbánya, a former industrial district of Budapest. The most important and emblematic building of the site is the so-called Diesel Hall, built between 1958 and 1962. This heritage structure is an impressive example of mid-century modern industrial architecture featuring truly innovative engineering solutions of its era. The vast hallway of nine parallel naves, each about 110 m length, can be adapted for the exhibition and storage of large-scale museum items like railway wagons, tramway cars, buses, automobiles and other vehicles.

“The ongoing, comprehensive renewal of the Hungarian Museum of Transport has reached an important milestone: we have launched an international design competition to select the best team of architects for the design of the institution’s new home. For the first time in its history, the Hungarian Museum of Transport will have a suitable venue for its specific needs, which is intended to be a contemporary architectural landmark of Budapest. The redevelopment of the former Northern Maintenance Depot of the Hungarian State Railways is among the most ambitious brownfield revitalization programmes in Europe.” says Dávid Vitézy, General Director.

The design of the new museum offers a complex architectural and urban planning challenge, as the whole project is part of a broader development program that aims to revitalize the whole area. The other half of the former Northern Maintenance Depot will house the Workshop and Rehearsal Centre of the Hungarian State Opera, scheduled to open in 2019. Other planned developments in nearby People’s Park (Népliget) and the former Józsefvárosi Railway Station will fundamentally change this part of the transition zone of Budapest through prestigious cultural projects, careful preservation of industrial heritage and the revitalization and expansion of green spaces.
To find the best design team for this complex task, the Hungarian Museum of Transport launched an international competition. Eleven architectural firms were directly invited based on their reputation in museum design, heritage redevelopment and urban planning, including  Amanda Levete Architects, Caruso St John Architects, CÉH Zrt. + Foster & Partners, David Chipperfield Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Építész Stúdió Kft., KÖZTI Zrt. and Lacaton & Vassal Architects. The remaining positions are open for architects from all over the world. We will announce the final list of the 15 applicants after the pre-qualification phase.
A jury of Hungarian and international experts will choose the winner of the competition. Among the jury are: Dr László Baán, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, Zsolt Füleky Deputy State Secretary for Architecture, Dr Balázs Fürjes, State Secretary for Budapest, Prof. Pedro Gadanho architect, curator, Director of MAAT Museum for Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, Pieter Jonckers, Director of Train World Brussels, Miklós Mártonffy, Head of the Urban Planning Department of the Municipality of Budapest, and Marcela Steinbachová PhD architect (Skupina).