Some of the architectural world's biggest names will compete to design a flagship Jewish Community Centre (JCC) in London.
The four shortlisted practices are Rafael Viñoly Architects, Foreign Office Architects, Lifschutz Davidson and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
The new 7,000m 2
building will be located in north London, and will accommodate a 'wide range of educational, social, health and recreational activities for the Jewish and wider communities'.
Nick Viner, chief executive of the JCC, said: 'We are very excited by the chance to make the JCC vision a reality in London.
'We are looking for a state-of-the-art building in terms of design, technology and sustainability and we are delighted that we have attracted such an internationally celebrated shortlist.
'This fits with our mission of creating a building which will be a magnet for all sections of our community,' he added. 'The advantage of one building as a hub is that it provides so many more opportunities for the mixing of people, ideas, events and activities.'
The four practices will go in front of a select committee including Ricky Burdett and Frank Duffy, and the winner will be announced next spring. by Richard Vaughan