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Friday18 August 2017

Caruso St John, 6a and Sergison Bates knock out big guns in race for Brussels Pompidou

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RSHP, Foster, Zaha, Chipperfield and AL_A fail to make it on to shortlist

Caruso St John, 6a and Sergison Bates have beaten Richard Rogers, David Chipperfield, Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid to make the shortlist for Belgium’s Pompidou Centre.

Rogers was the designer, with Renzo Piano, of the original ground-breaking Pompidou Centre which opened in 1977. Almost unknown at the time, the project made their international reputations.

Almost half the seven-strong shortlist for the Brussels scheme features Brits. OMA, Diller Scofidio & Renfro and 51N4E are among the other finalists.

More than 90 teams entered the competition to convert the historic modernist Citroën Yser garage in the centre of Brussels into a 15,000sq m art gallery and a 10,000sq m architecture centre.

The €125 million project next to the city’s canal will have a further 10,000sq m of public spaces intended for cultural, educational and recreational use.

It will be called the Citroen Cultural Centre but is already better known as the Brussels outpost of Paris’ Pompidou Centre.

The finalists will have until the end of the year to submit a project outline. An international panel chaired by Roger Diener will pick the winner in spring 2018.

The shortlist (below) also beat AL_A, BIG, Tony Fretton, Morphosis, Kengo Kuma, Heneghan Peng, Jamie Fobert, Stanton Williams, Wilkinson Eyre, Steven Holl and Shigeru Ban.

Shortlist

    51N4E / CARUSO ST JOHN ARCHITECTS

    ADVVT / AGWA / 6A

    DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO / JDS ARCHITECTS

    LHOAS & LHOAS / ORTNER & ORTNER

    NOA / EM2N / SERGISON BATES

    OFFICE / CHRIST & GANTENBEIN

    OMA

 

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