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Daniel Libeskind's Imperial War Museum North is the focus of landscape competition

The Imperial War Museum North is hunting for a team to design a 'spectacular and dramatic' landscape around Daniel Libeskind's iconic Manchester landmark.

The museum has teamed up with the RIBA's Competitions Office to launch the competition aimed at revamping the areas next to the steel-clad building, which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2004.

With the imminent arrival of the BBC to MediaCity:UK on the opposite side of the Salford Quays, museum chiefs claim the time has come to 'capitalise on the internatinal focus...and create a distinctive destination and context' for Libeskind's £20 million attraction.

RIBA adviser for the contest Magie Mullan said: 'This is a unique opportuinty to create a singualer landscape for this singular building, responding to the changing physical, social and cultural context and enhancing the visitor experience [to the museum].'

The contest will be split in two stages with only the selected shortlist invited to come up with concept designs.

The deadline for submisions of interest is 23 October 2008. More information can be found at www.architecture.com/competitions.

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