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FOAmakes the shortlist for Pompidou offshoot

Foreign Office Architects has made it into the last six in an international competition to design a e24 million (£17.2 million) offshoot of Paris' famous Pompidou Centre.

The shortlist for the scheme - to draw up plans for a new 6,000m 2museum in Metz, the regional capital of the Lorraine region - also includes three other international big-hitters, Shigeru Ban, Herzog & de Meuron, and Paris-based Dominique Perrault.

The two remaining shortlisted entries are Rotterdam-based NOX Architekten; and a joint bid from the French offices of Stephane Maupin and Pascal Cribier.

The project will provide a new home for some of the 12,000 exhibits that cannot be shown at the existing Pompidou Centre. It will also include a reception, workrooms, a lecture theatre, administration facilities and a possible library.

FOA's Farshid Moussavi said she was delighted to have made it into the last six. 'This is a very high-profile project in France, ' she said, 'and it is exciting to be continuing the association between British Architecture and the Pompidou.'

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