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Jestico + Whiles misses out in £16m Tel Aviv University contest

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French architect Michel Rémon has pipped Jestico + Whiles in the contest for a new £16 million Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre at Tel Aviv University

Jestico + Whiles was the only UK firm in the final round of the contest up against Paris-based Atelier d’Architecture Michel Rémon and local firm Zarhy Architects with Studio Pez.

The collaboration was chosen from a shortlist of six studios which received around £33,000 each to participate in the Strelka KB-organised 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)

Planned to complete in 2020, the 4,000m² building is expected to feature 12 laboratories and facilities for up to 120 engineers and researchers.

Rémon’s three-storey winning design features a white external skin of vertical elements alongside solar panels and a natural ventilation and rainwater collection system.

The prestigious main university in Israel was founded in 1956 and 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 among other practices selected from 128 applications to compete in the first round of the contest.


  • 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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