The global real estate community has spoken: Budapest boasts the world's best office, sustainable development project, and public amenities. Drumroll, please!

FIABCI (the International Real Estate Federation) hosts the prestigious World Prix d'Excellence Awards every year. It is to celebrate architectural brilliance, sustainability, community engagement, and ethical business practices around the world. Recently they gathered in Singapore to announce the winners in several categories. Budapest snatched the crown in three categories and also took 2nd place in one of them.

The World's Best Public Infrastructure/Amenity

It's now official: the Museum of Ethnography is the best public amenity in the world. Nestled in the City Park, it's currently one of the most modern institutions of ethnography globally, with a shape and green roof that make jaws drop. Upon walking closer, you'll also spot almost half a million pixels presenting a contemporary adaptation of Hungarian and international ethnography motifs on its facade. The building was designed by Marcel Ferencz.

And the museum is not the only highlight of the category. In second place (World Silver Winner), we have the House of Music Hungary, another masterpiece in the City Park. Designed by the Japanese Sou Fujimoto, it's the country's most internationally award-winning building, and for a good reason. Its organically undulated roof and huge glass walls make it impossible not to stop and stare. And its beauty is not the only standout: it's the most visited cultural institution in the country, housing a magical interactive exhibition and sold-out concerts. Currently, it also hosts the fabulous Divas & Icons exhibition, which you can check out here.

The World's Best Sustainable Development & The World's Best Office  

Budapest's first skyscraper, the MOL Campus pocketed awards in two categories, making it the best office and sustainable development project in the world. The city's tallest building, boasting 29 floors with a lookout point on top, is an unmissable part of the cityscape – which is exactly why people either love it or hate it. Designed by FINTA Studio, it features glass structures with great thermal insulation properties and a low solar factor, along with warm edge spacers. The full shading of the glass surfaces meets the requirements of near-zero energy buildings. Moreover, it includes spaces like 'focus boxes' and quiet zones that support focused work, as well as workshop and meeting rooms that support teamwork. 


(Cover photo: Forgács Zsuzsi - We Love Budapest)