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Caruso St John sees off Zaha to win Swiss competition - images

Caruso St John has beaten some of the top international names in architecture to win a competition for a new cultural centre in Ascona, Switzerland.

The practice was selected ahead of Zaha Hadid and leading Swiss architect Peter Markli to design the £25 million centre for tourism and culture on the shores of Lake Maggiore.

Resembling a 'Baroque city crown', the 10,000m 2building will house a 1,200-seat concert hall as well as permanent and temporary exhibition spaces.

The tourist office and restaurant will sit in a new public garden to the south of the centre, which lies on the edge of the old town.

According to a Caruso St John spokesman, the building will be made from white 'marble-rich' concrete and will 'sparkle in the clear Alpine light.'

The competition judging panel included Peter Zumthor, Roger Diener and John Pawson.

by Richard Waite

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