David Adjaye and Jestico + Whiles are among 21 architects longlisted in the contest for a new £16 million Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre at Tel Aviv University (TAU)
The two architects were the only UK participants selected from 128 applications to compete in the first round of the Strelka KB-organised contest.
Other firms longlisted for the ‘significant landmark’ on the eastern side of TAU’s campus include Dutch outfit UNStudio and CF Møller of Denmark.
The estimated 4,000m² building is expected to feature 12 laboratories and facilities for up to 120 engineers and researchers.
The full longlist
- Zarhy Architects (Israel)
- Atelier d’Architecture Michel Rémon (France)
- J J Pan and Partners (Taiwan)
- Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes (France)
- UNStudio (Netherlands)
- iDOM (Spain)
- Cepezed (Netherlands)
- Nemesi and Partners (Italy)
- Stefano Boeri Architetti (Italy)
- LAN (France)
- Jestico + Whiles (UK)
- Archea Associati (Italy)
- Office of Architecture in Barcelona (Spain)
- Bak Gordon Arquitectos (Portgual)
- Aires Mateus eAssociados (Portugal)
- RojkindArquitectos (Mexico)
- Elemental SA (Chile)
- COBE (Denmark)
- Adjaye Associates (UK)
- WHY (US)
- CF Møller (Denmark)
Six teams will be shortlisted for the commission later this month following Skype interviews with the jury.
These finalists will each receive around £33,000 to take their concepts though to the competition’s second stage.
Founded in 1956, the prestigious main university in Israel now hosts more than 30,000 students.
Key buildings on the campus include Mario Botta’s Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Centre (pictured) and the Porter School of Environmental Studies by Geotectura, Axelrod-Grobman Architects and Chen Architects.