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Alsop to judge trio of Chelyabinsk contests

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The Chelyabinsk Agency for International Co-operation has launched three open international competitions for landmark developments all judged by British architect Will Alsop

Organised by the Union of Russian Architects – the three separate contests seek proposals to rebuild the city’s embankment, enlarge its airport and create a new high-rise conference centre.

The prestigious commissions are part of plans to transform the city by 2020, when it will be hosting summits by the BRIC and SHOS (Shanghai Organisation for Co-operation).

Chelyabinsk is Russia’s seventh largest city and located east of the Ural Mountains and 140km north of Kazakhstan. During the mid-20th century it grew from a small provincial town to a major city and is now a major industrial centre focusing on metallurgical and military machinery production, with a population of around 1.2 million.

It gained international attention three years ago when a meteor exploded around 30km above the city, damaging many buildings and injuring more than 1,000 people.

The first contest focuses on the embankment of the River Miass between Pr. Sverdlovsky Street to Lobkova Street while the second seeks proposals to double the size of Balandino Airport.

The airport, which opened in 1953, can park up to 51 aircraft and its main terminal building is now more than 40 years old.

A new 50-storey conference complex – featuring a congress hall, performance venue, media centre, offices and hotel – is the focus of the third contest.

The winning design must feature ‘unique technical ideas and architectural innovations’ and deliver ‘the highest structure in Chelyabinsk’ – according to the brief.

Judges include Alsop – who founded aLL Design – German architect Werner Sobek and the city’s chief architect, Yushchenko Nikolay Ivanovich.

The winning teams – set to be announced on 2 December – will be recommended for the commissions and will receive a £17,500 prize for the congress centre, £15,000 prize for the embankment and £13,000 prize for the airport.

The deadline for applications is 19 September.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Register with UKTI for more information and support

Contact details

Chelyabinsk Agency for International Co-operation
Office 609
55a, pr. Lenina Street

Email: archchel2020@ica74.com

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