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These are the six finalists in the competition to design the new Kielder Observatory in Northumberland. The contest has been the most popular RIBA-run competition in recent years - attracting nearly 230 entries from 19 different countries. With a budget of just £125,000, the submitted schemes had to include at least two telescope housings, a warm room for electrical equipment and an external space for amateur stargazers. 'The entries ranged from those who saw cosmic significance in the organisation of the site to those who viewed the project as a hi-tech, futuristic fantasy capturing the quality of space travel, ' said competition judge Sarah Wigglesworth. Among those in the running for the £5,000 first prize is the same young team that recently won the Coney Island Parachute Jump project in New York (AJ 16.06.05) - Kevin Carmody, Andrew Groarke and Chris Hardie. The six shortlisted teams will now go through an interview process and the winner will be announced in early December.

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