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Farrell shortlisted for Guangzhou museum

TFP Farrells is among eight teams shortlisted for a new £96 million museum in Guangzhou, China

The Chinese arm of Terry Farrell’s studio is the only firm with a UK connection vying for the 80,000m² facility West of Lingnan Square.

Other practices competing for the Guangzhou Bureau of Science and IT-backed scheme include Bernard Tschumi, Lacaton & Vassal, BIG and Guangzhou Hanhua.

Scottish Parliament designers Miralles Tagliabue EMBT are also contenders for the project.

The full Guangzhou museum shortlist

  • Beijing Institute of Architectural Design with Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Bernard Tschumi Architects
  • gmp International
  • Guangzhou Hanhua Architects + Engineers
  • Lacaton & Vassal Architects
  • Miralles Tagliabue EMBT with CITICarch Design
  • TFP Farrells
  • Wilcoter (Shanghai) Architecture and Planning Design

Stefan Krummeck, director of TFP Farrells’ Hong Kong office said: ‘We are delighted to be shortlisted for the competition of international architecture design for Guangzhou museum.’

He continued: ‘This reflects our on-going commitment to working in China and recognition of our growing reputation in the design of international cultural projects.’

The new building will be constructed on a 4.35 hectare site in the southern part of Guangzhou’s new urban central axis near to the city’s landmark, 600 metre-tall Canton Tower.

Grimshaw has meanwhile been shortlisted in a parallel competition to design a £113 million science museum to the east of Lingnan Square.

The outfit is up against eight finalists including MAD and Stven Holl Architects.

The full Guangzhou science museum shortlist

  • Atelier FCJZ with Shenzhen A+E Design
  • Architecture Design and Research Institute of South China University of Technology
  • MAD Architects
  • MLA+ B.V. with NorthernLight
  • Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
  • HENN GmbH with Guangzhou Design Institute
  • Steven Holl Architects
  • China Architecture Design & Research Group with Grimshaw and Buro Happold

The projects are among four major venues planned for China’s third largest city including a new art gallery and culture centre. Zaha Hadid completed a 1,800-seat opera house in Guangzhou four years ago.

The sixteen finalists will receive around £56,000 each to develop their designs ahead of a judging deadline in November.

Three winning teams will be chosen for each building and will receive £28,000 each. Two of the schemes will then be selected for construction with their teams awarded a design contract.






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