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Moxon loses out to American firms in Cleveland Bridge comp

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London-based Moxon Architects has narrowly missed out on winning a contest to design public use for the abandoned lower deck of a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio.

The practice secured the $1,000 third prize from 164 entries in the contest to reinvigorate the Detroit-Superior Bridge.

Joint winners Archilier Architecture and Ashley Craig are from New York and Austin, Texas respectively.

While the upper level of the bridge is one of the most heavily used thoroughfares in Cleveland, the lower level has remained vacant since 1954 when a streetcar service ended.

Ben Addy, director at Moxon Architects, told AJ he was pleased with the prize.

‘Ideas competitions have a cumulative effect,’ he said. ‘They don’t lead directly to work but they encourage a discussion in the office and are valuable in contributing to portfolio, in turn helping to substantiate discussions on other real projects.’

AJ reported in June that Moxon had also been pipped to the post on two major international contests in Taiwan.

The AJ 40 Under 40 practice fell at the last hurdle with its entry to the Taipei Art Museum contest while also making the final few for a tower in Taiwan.

Moxon came close in two contests in Morocco in 2011 – first to overhaul the historic Place Lalla Yeddouna in the Medina of Fez in March, then for a clubhouse complex next to the coast in Safi in November.

The firm recently created an installation for a RIBA London-commissioned project inside Shanghai’s Xintiandi shopping centre.

Moxon entered a two-storey home extension in east London into the AJ Small Projects Awards.


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