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Design the new Connecticut Center for Science and Exploration

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Zaha Hadid has narrowly missed out on winning the competition to design the new $100 million (£54 million) Connecticut Center for Science and Exploration. This year's Pritzker Prize winner was pipped to the post by Cesar Pelli, who also saw off competition from Moshe Safdie and Stefan Behnisch. The museum's trustees were particularly impressed by the way Pelli's design (pictured left) communicated 'the excitement of science to the surrounding streets, river and highway'. Hadid's concept for the centre in downtown Hartford (pictured above) had been based on four splintering towers, each representing one of the primary sciences: maths, physics, chemistry and biology.

The new museum is expected to open in 2007.

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