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Jestico + Whiles makes finals in £16m Tel Aviv University contest

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Jestico + Whiles has been named among the three finalists competing for a new £16 million Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre at Tel Aviv University (TAU)

The London studio is up against French outfit Atelier d’Architecture Michel Rémon and local firm Zarhy Architects with Studio Pez in the final round of the high-profile contest in Israel.

The trio were chosen from a shortlist of six studios which received around £33,000 each to participate in the competition late last year.


  • Atelier d’Architecture Michel Rémon (France)
  • Zarhy Architects and Studio Pez (Israel)
  • Jestico + Whiles (UK)
  • Office of Architecture in Barcelona (Spain)
  • Elemental SA (Chile)
  • WHY (US)

The estimated 4,000m² building is expected to feature 12 laboratories and facilities for up to 120 engineers and researchers.

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 and the Porter School of Environmental Studies by Geotectura, Axelrod-Grobman Architects and Chen Architects.

David Adjaye, UNStudio and CF Møller of Denmark were practices selected from 128 applications to compete in the first round of the Strelka KB-organised contest.

The university has now started negotiations with the three finalists and will announce the winner on 1 May.


  • 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)




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