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Bauhaus teacher wins massive Asplund contest

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A teacher at the Bauhaus has been named as the surprise winner of the international competition to design an extension to Erik Gunnar Asplund’s iconic Stockholm Public Library.

Heike Hanada, 43, saw off an amazing 1,100 practices from around the globe to land the £59 million project.

British practice Stephen Taylor Architects, based in London’s East End, came an impressive fourth in the contest, which was launched in June 2006 by the Swedish Association of Architects.

Hanada, who has worked at Weimar’s Bauhaus University since 1999 and has also spent time in Japan, proposed a new major library building away from Asplund’s 1928 masterpiece but joined by a low-rise landscaped ‘podium’.

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