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Foster on all-star shortlist in museum of ancient India contest

Foster + Partners has been named alongside Daniel Libeskind and Snøhetta on the stellar shortlist to design the new museum of ancient India in Patna

Working with Delhi-based multi-disciplinary outfit C P Kukreja & Associates, Norman Foster’s practice is also competing against fellow finalists Coop Himmelblau and Japan’s Maki & Associates in the contest which is being run by State of Bihar’s Department of Art, Culture and Youth.

Patna is the state capital of Bihar and sits on the south bank of the Ganges.

The new museum has been earmarked for a 5.6ha site on Bailey Road and will house ‘historically significant stone, bronze and terracotta sculptures’ and ’ many artefacts that will tell stories of Pataliputra and the lasting impact that the Magadhan culture has had on this region, India and the world.’

The shortlist in full

Coop Himmelblau (Vienna) with ARCHOHM
Foster + Partners (London) with C. P. Kukreja & Associates
Maki & Associates (Tokyo) with OPOLIS
Snohetta (Oslo) with Spacematters
Studio Daniel Libeskind (New York) with Morphogenesis

A winner is expected to be named in late December. Once all the entries by the architects will be displayed in an exhibition in the existing Patna Museum. The museum is slated to be operational by mid 2015.

It is the second time that Foster has been pitted against Snohetta for a major international contest. Back in July both practices were also shortlisted for the Union Terrace Gardens competition in Aberdeen.

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