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Tokyo duo see off Zaha to pick up Louvre II commission

Japanese practice Sanaa has won the international competition to design a satellite museum for the Louvre, according to reports in France.

The Tokyo-based office, founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, has seen off competition from the likes of Zaha Hadid and Steven Holl.

The scheme will see the construction of a new building in the northern French city of Lens, that will become home to many of the Louvre's exhibits that rarely come out of storage.

It is hoped that the proposals - that are scheduled to open in 2009 - will increase access to the vast Louvre collection in the region.

And local authorities also argue that the new building will kick-start regeneration in the recession-hit city.

by Ed Dorrell

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