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AZPA makes shortlist in Swiss mixed use comp

London-headquartered practice AZPA has been shortlisted for a mixed-use scheme based around a railway station in Switzerland

AZPA was named on a four-strong list of finalists for the Chiasso Station development project.

It comes after the firm won a competition to refurbish the Palazzo del Cinema di Locarno in Switzerland earlier this year.

The Chiasso scheme will involve building a 6,500m² fashion school campus on land owned by the Swiss Railways north of the station.

There will also be housing, offices and station car parking facilities included in the project.

The London practice will compete with two Swiss firms – Durisch + Nolli, and Mario Botta – as well as Milan-based Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners.

AZPA architect Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal told AJ in January that Switzerland was a good place to compete for work.

‘When you win a competition you know it will be built,’ he said. ‘The clients like to move forward quickly, and the money is there.’

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