BREAKING! Budapest100 won the ICOMOS Exemplary Heritage-maintenance prize in 2020! The news was announced on the occasion of the World Heritage Day on April 18, 2020 by the Hungarian National Council of ICOMOS (International Committee Council on Monuments and Sites), that is, the Hungarian branch of the biggest international heritage protection NGO.
The interior and exterior renovation of the Várkapitányi lak (barracks of the guards) of baroque origins and belonging to the Gressalkovich estate, the restoration of the Rumbach Sebestyén street Synagogue, and the renovation of the Ligeti Art Studio at 20, Stefánia road were recognized with the ‘most successful monument renovation’ prize of ICOMON. The Exemplary Heritage-maintenance prize was awarded to the 10-year-old Budapest100 architecture and culture festival, to the Fiatal Műemlékvédők Egyesülete (Association of Young Heritage Conservationists) of Dabas, and to the Régi Épületek Kutatóinak Egyesülete (Association of Researchers of Old Buildings). The Monument Maintenance Lemon Prize was awarded to the most mistaken heritage restoration, the attic renovation at 2, Mikszáth square.
As said in the laudation of the organization’s webpage, “the spirit of the city is preserved in the buildings, the stories can be passed on by their residents.” Budapest100 “not only introduces the environment to the visitors but to the residents themselves, thus the historic value becomes a community building force when showcasing the local value of a place. (…) The role of heritage-maintenance is also to sensitize the people towards architectural heritage. The Budapest100 program has found its place in this in a unique way by shaping the perspectives of the society, addressing both the residents, the users of the buildings, and the wider public.”
Thank you for the prestigious prize, we are very happy and proud to have earned the recognition of ICOMOS.