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Thursday24 July 2014

Chipperfield arts quarter masterplan wins in Spain

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Stirling prizewinner David Chipperfield has won an international competition to masterplan a 120,000sq m arts and technology quarter in Segovia, Spain.

The £118 million high-density design beat entries by Foreign Office Architects, Dominique Perrault and MVRDV among others.

It features a new technology centre, art museum and a congress centre.

Inspired by the pattern of the old city, the development, on a site 1km outside Segovia, features low buildings and narrow streets which the architect believes will create character and a strong identity for the area.

“The narrower the streets the more intensity and the more identity we feel you get in urban spaces,” project architect Andrew Philips said.

“People are much more mobile than cars, they can go through a much tighter pattern of streets… that’s evident in a lot of the nicest cities in Spain such as Barcelona, Madrid and Segovia.”

The project will also support Segovia’s bid to be 2016 European Capital of Culture. Chipperfield is to deliver the design for the first core buildings before the end of this year.

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