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Stefan Lippert wins UN extension contest

Berlin-based studio Stefan Lippert / Architekt has won an international competition to design an extension to the United Nation’s (UN) Bonn Campus in Germany

The eight-month-old practice, founded in January 2013, was chosen in partnership with Annabau Architektur to design the prestigious project.

Lippert pipped Rotterdam practice Barcode Architects at the final stage of the competition, which was entered by more than 70 firms.

The winning proposal is a 17-storey building aimed at blending harmoniously into a row of structures at the campus on the Rhine.

Lippert told AJ: ‘The design focuses on preserving as much of the existing campus as possible.

‘The proposal’s simple, slender shape preserves and supports views and characteristics of the UN campus ensemble from close by as well as from further distances like the city and the other side of the river.’

The jury, led by Dorte Gatermann of Gatermann + Schossig and including German environment secretary Jürgen Becker, voted unanimously for Lippert’s and Annabau’s design.

‘The design impressed especially by its skilful choice of location and the successful integration of the building into the Rhine silhouette,’ said the jury.

They also praised the futuristic ‘clear and minimal architecture’ and a flexible floor plan.

The client is now interviewing the two finalists before making a final decision on which to commission for the project.

AJ reported in June that AL_A, Farshid Moussavi, OMA and Toyo Ito had been shortlisted to design a new headquarters for the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland.

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