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Big names line up for Royal Opera House job

A star studded shortlist has been unveiled for a prestigious project on the Royal Opera House in London

Olympic cauldron designer Heatherwick Studio is one of seven practices invited to bid for the scheme to open up the institution’s public spaces.

Jamie Forbert Architects, the firm behind Tate St Ives, is on the shortlist, as is Stirling Prize-shortlisted Stanton Williams Architects

Amanda Levete Architects and Caruso St John Architects will join them in submitting designs to make the physical entrances and street level public areas of the building more ‘tantalising’.

Witherford Watson Mann Architects and US stars Diller Scofidio and Renfro complete the field for the competition, which will run until November.

Dixon Jones, which carried out a seminal redevelopment of the Royal Opera House with BDP in 1999, is advising on the competition and subsequent feasibility process. Practice co-founder Jeremy Dixon will sit on the final jury. 

The Royal Opera House has been advised on the project by Ricky Burdett of the London School of Economics. It is looking to reduce its use of energy and resources through the project.

Tony Hall, chief executive of the Royal Opera House, said: ‘We are hugely excited about the ideas and inspiration the competition will generate.

‘The Royal Opera House is looking for the team who, if we can raise the funds needed to fulfil our shared ambitions, will create the next evolution of our building.’

An architect will be selected in December 2012. Funding to move to the next phase of the project will need to be entirely raised from private sources.

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