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DSDHA vying for Dominican Republic cultural job

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DSDHA is one of six international practices shortlisted for a new archeological complex in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic

The London-based studio is competing against Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos of Spain and Lisbon’s Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos in the race for the high-profile job.

The full shortlist

  • DSDHA with INCONSERCA (UK and Dominican Republic)
  • Gonzalo Byrne with PROAP and AFACONSULT (Portugal)
  • Nieto Sobejano (Spain)
  • Ingennus with Tecnalia (Spain)
  • Moneo Brock with AUC, Urculo and Arquez (Spain)
  • EPSA Labco, with Euroconsult and Cristobal Valdez (Spain-DR)

The project will create a new cultural centre and archaeological complex within the ruins of the capital city’s former colonial convent – the Monasterio de San Francisco.

First opened in the early sixteen century the Franciscan monastery was destroyed by the English privateer Francis Drake in 1586.

The building was later repaired and transformed into a hospital before being abandoned following significant damaged caused by a hurricane in the 1930s.

As well as designing the new cultural centre the winning team will create a wider masterplan for surrounding parts of Santo Domingo’s historic city centre.

Originally the first seat of Spanish colonial rule within the New World, Santo Domingo is now considered a regional design capital and is home to eight architecture schools.

DSDHA – which completed a £2.5 million cultural centre at Churchill College Cambridge in 2007 – has teamed up with local firm Inconserca to bid for the project.

Studio director David Hills will speak at an international conference on contemporary architecture within historic centres in Santo Domingo this week.




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