The South Bank Centre (SBC) has picked an exciting shortlist of eight practices from around the world - but rebuffed entrants such as Richard Rogers Partnership and Wilkinson Eyre - in the competition to rework the famous arts complex, writes David Taylor.
The SBC has shortlisted Zaha Hadid; Future Systems; Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier; Ian Ritchie Architects; Rafael Vinoly Architects, Denton Corker Marshall; Foreign Office Architects; and Jubilee Gardens Design Laboratory to go forward in the contest - the final team being a cross-media consortium which includes Florian Beigel Architects, de Rijke Marsh Morgan, Pierre d'Avoine Architects, Spanish practice Abalos and Herreros, film-maker Patrick Keiller, artist Richard Wentworth and writer and AJ columnist Clare Melhuish.
But there was no space on the list for RRP, which was seeking to make a triumphant return to the South Bank after its famous 'glass wave' project ran into cash difficulties three years ago.
SBC chief executive Karsten Witt said: 'This shortlist demonstrates that we are seeking a new relationship between landscape and buildings.'
The shortlisted eight for the project, which includes a new concert hall, British Film Institute and enlarged Jubilee Gardens, will be interviewed later next month, and the winners announced in April. The winner will also help choose a landscape architect for the South Bank, while a competition for the refurbishment of the Hayward Gallery will be launched later this year.