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Racing green

You couldn’t make it up. Foster and Partners, increasingly keen to promote its environmental credentials, has designed a carbon neutral building in Spain – to celebrate the gas-guzzling sport of motor racing. Foster beat a star-studded list, including Jean Nouvel, Dominique Perrault, UNStudio and MVRDV, to design La Ciudad del Motor near Alcañiz in Aragon. The swooping, fish-shaped building apparently follows the sleek lines of a racing car and echoes the nearby Parador of Alcañiz – although the link between the curves and steel and glass and the four-square stone-built Gothicky parador is not immediately obvious.

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