The Palace of Arts in Budapest
The Palace of Arts is the youngest multicultural facility of Budapest that is fully adequate for the demand of the beginning of the 21st century.
The building gives place to three different forms of art in the same time.
It is a permanent home at the highest standards for music, visual art and theater lovers and artists.
Its exhibition spaces, concert hall, and theater function independently they develop their programs individually.
The construction of the Palace of Arts
The Palace of Arts was built on the formerly a neglected south bank of the Danube near the Lágymányosi bridge, next to the National Theater. The building with a floor area of more than 10 000 m² was completed in three years and it was opened to the public in the 14th of May in 2005. Its total area is 64 000 m².
The exterior of the building is characterized by simple lines, the absence of decorations and large continuous glass surfaces. The interiors are modern, spacious and sophisticated, made with natural materials.
The different units of the Palace of Art
The Palace of Art in Budapest consists of three main parts. The central part is the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, on the eastern side are the halls of the Festival Theater and on the western side near the Danube were placed the exhibition and lecture halls of the Ludwig Museum. From the high and imposing common glass lobby of the three major components you will have a permanent view of the outside world and the adjacent National Theater. The building also has several multipurpose rooms, that makes it more complex.
The permanent residents of the Palace of Arts are: the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir and Music Library, the Ludwig Museum and the National Dance Theater.
The Béla Bartók National Concert Hall is an architecturally dominant unit of the Palace. It has 1563 seats, 136 standing places, and other 190 seats can be set on the podium. Due to its acoustic conditions the concert hall is among the best concert halls in Europe. The Béla Bartók National Concert Hall is the home of the prestigious National Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir and Music Library. Other Hungarian and internationally famous artists also have performances in the Palace of Arts.
The Festival Theater occupies the east wing of the complex. It has an area of 14 400 m² and 452 seats and the stage has 750 m². Because of its dimensions and technical facilities is one of the best theaters and it is the permanent home of the National Dance Theater.
The Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art is located on the western side of the Palace of Arts and has an area of 12 700 m². On the first floor you will find temporary exhibitions, the artist room and the meeting room. The luminous third floor is the home of the permanent exhibition. According to the changing needs of contemporary visual arts the exhibition space can be varied. The visitors of the museum are helped by interactive showrooms, media room, library and children activities.
The best cultural facility of the world
The Palace of Arts in Budapest was awarded in 2006 with the most prestigious international recognition of the architects, the Prix d’Excellence Award of the FIABCI (International Real Estate Federation).
On the award exhibited in the lobby of the building is written: “The Palace of Arts is best cultural facility of the world.”