Michael Wilford's German practice Schupp Wilford is to issue a complaint to the Museum of Modern Literature competition organisers in Marbach, Germany, after the practice's winning scheme was dumped and the fourth place entry from David Chipperfield (pictured) was selected for the £5 million project.
Director Manuel Schupp told the AJ he was greatly perturbed after his Stuttgart-based practice was awarded the joint top prize with German practice Wischer and Partners, and yet neither was selected for the job. 'It is quite a frustrating situation that we did so well, and then the project goes to the fourth prize scheme. Chipperfield didn't win but he's got the job. We will be writing to the organisers to complain about this.'
He added that the competition jury, which was made up largely of architects and the town's mayor, selected the winning projects, but the curators vetoed the decision and opted for Chipperfield's 'simpler scheme'.
Wilford Schupp's entry was subcontracted to Edinburgh-based Sutherland Hussey Architects.A spokesperson for the practice said: 'The judges did have certain concerns about our ramped exhibition space and they wanted us to verify that it would work.'
He added that, while the practice was checking this, it discovered that there were discussions going on with Chipperfield. 'The next we hear - Marbach's local press is saying he's won.'
A spokesperson for David Chipperfield Architects told the AJ: 'As far as we are concerned we won the project and we have the letter to prove it.'
The museum confirmed that the project would be built to Chipperfield's design and would open on 9 May 2005. It will exhibit manuscripts of significant 20th century literary work.