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Top architects shortlisted for Crystal Palace redesign

Tue 25 February 2014, 3:44 pm

Some of Britainís top architects have been shortlisted to rebuild the Crystal Palace Exhibition Centre.

The winner will be given the challenge of designing the new £500m centre to the “spirit, scale and magnificence” of the original.

The six shortlisted artchitects are:

Zaha Hadid Architects with Anish Kapoor: A collaboration between Dame Zaha, designer of the London Aquatic Centre, and artist Sir Anish Kapoor

David Chipperfield Architects: David Chipperfield designed the River and Rowing Museum in Henley)

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners: Lord Richard Rogers designed the Millennium Dome and the Pompidou Building

Grimshaw: Sir Nicholas Grimshaw was the architect behind Waterloo’s international station and the Eden Project in Cornwall)

Marks Barfield Architects: Architect of the London Eye

Haworth Tompkins: Architects of the Young Vic

The contest originally attracted 40 leading practices from the globe and is backed by the Chinese ZhongRong group which wants to create a fitting replacement to the original structure which was destroyed by fire in 1936. The scheme is expected to create up to 2,000 jobs and the winning practice will be expected to work closely with lead consultant Arup.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who is chairing the jury panel, said: “This is a stellar line-up of talent demonstrating the worldwide interest in this unique and challenging project.

“The rebuild of the Crystal Palace is set to produce an extraordinary new landmark for the capital, which will support the rebirth of this historic park and catalyse jobs and growth in the local area.”

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