Renzo Piano beats OMA and Herzog & de Meuron for Selfridges project
Renzo Piano Workshop has won the contest to design the new extension to Selfridges’ flagship store in London
The architect behind the Shard and the 50,000m² Central Saint Giles development (pictured below) is set to add another major London project to his portfolio after and being named as winners of the private competition organised by the retailer.
Renzo Piano, OMA and Herzog & de Meuron were lined-up to design the new extension behind the department store in Oxford Street - a plot previously earmarked for a £300 mixed-use tower scheme by Foster and Partners. That scheme was shelved in 2003.
The three architects were shortlisted for the project in November 2011 and invited to present their final designs earlier this year. The designs are rumoured to have caused debate in the Weston family - the current owners of Selfridges which was set up in Chicago by retailer Gordon Selfridge in 1909 - with one family member favouring the Piano scheme.
The scheme could include a luxury hotel, retail and office space.