Daniel Libeskind lands Durham Uni jackpot
Durham University has chosen starchitect Daniel Libeskind to design a new ‘landmark’ building for its physics researchers
The architect behind the masterplan for Ground Zero, New York and the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, will mastermind the new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics block, which will house the university’s Institute for Computational Cosmology and its Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology.
It is understood four practices were invited to compete for the building. One withdrew and another was not asked to a final interview, leaving Libeskind up against Newcastle-based practice FaulknerBrowns (proposals pictured).
Due to complete in 2015 subject to planning, the new building will sit next to the current physics building on South Road, Durham.
Martin Ward, head of the department of physics at Durham University, said: ‘It is intended that the building will complement the traditional buildings and landscape and it will also meet the highest industry standards for sustainability.’
Libeskind added: ‘Durham University is a place with both great history and great vision… this building will serve as a state-of-the-art facility and will be an exciting new presence in the cultural and educational scene of Durham.’
The Durham job is not the first university project Libeskind has worked on in the UK. In 2004 his practice’s London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre opened in Holloway Road.
Studio Daniel Libeskind was also picked to design a ‘world-class headquarters’ for a new Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution at the University of Essex in 2010, though the scheme has not progressed (AJ 12.10.2010).