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Nouvel pips Grimshaw to MOMA extension

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Jean Nouvel has beaten Grimshaw Architects in a top-secret competition to design the west extension of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York, the AJ understands.

The French architect has been chosen to design a new 60& storey tower in Manhattan's Midtown, in what has been billed as one of the world's most high-profile projects.

According to sources, Nouvel was chosen over Diller Scofidio & Renfro; Morphosis; Reiser and Umamoto; and Grimshaw to develop the new 22,860m2 of additional exhibition space for MOMA.

The space stands immediately to the west of the museum, and was previously owned by the historic City Athletic Club, which was closed in 2002 due to bankruptcy.

It is thought that Nouvel will be teaming up with developer Hines Interests, who in turn will be in partnership with Whitehall Street - part of the Goldman Sachs Group.

The extension will be Nouvel's third, and biggest, building in New York. His first was 40 Mercer Street in SoHo, which is close to completion, and his second - a 20-storey project on 11th Avenue - opened earlier in the year.

by Richard Vaughan

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