TFP Farrells is among eight teams shortlisted for a new £96 million museum in Guangzhou, China
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The Chinese arm of Terry Farrell’s studio is the only firm with a UK connection vying for the 80,000m² facility West of Lingnan Square.
Other practices competing for the Guangzhou Bureau of Science and IT-backed scheme include Bernard Tschumi, Lacaton & Vassal, BIG and Guangzhou Hanhua.
Scottish Parliament designers Miralles Tagliabue EMBT are also contenders for the project.
The full Guangzhou museum shortlist
- Beijing Institute of Architectural Design with Bjarke Ingels Group
- Bernard Tschumi Architects
- gmp International
- Guangzhou Hanhua Architects + Engineers
- Lacaton & Vassal Architects
- Miralles Tagliabue EMBT with CITICarch Design
- TFP Farrells
- Wilcoter (Shanghai) Architecture and Planning Design
Stefan Krummeck, director of TFP Farrells’ Hong Kong office said: ‘We are delighted to be shortlisted for the competition of international architecture design for Guangzhou museum.’
He continued: ‘This reflects our on-going commitment to working in China and recognition of our growing reputation in the design of international cultural projects.’
The new building will be constructed on a 4.35 hectare site in the southern part of Guangzhou’s new urban central axis near to the city’s landmark, 600 metre-tall Canton Tower.
Grimshaw has meanwhile been shortlisted in a parallel competition to design a £113 million science museum to the east of Lingnan Square.
The outfit is up against eight finalists including MAD and Stven Holl Architects.
The full Guangzhou science museum shortlist
- Atelier FCJZ with Shenzhen A+E Design
- Architecture Design and Research Institute of South China University of Technology
- MAD Architects
- MLA+ B.V. with NorthernLight
- Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
- HENN GmbH with Guangzhou Design Institute
- Steven Holl Architects
- China Architecture Design & Research Group with Grimshaw and Buro Happold
The projects are among four major venues planned for China’s third largest city including a new art gallery and culture centre. Zaha Hadid completed a 1,800-seat opera house in Guangzhou four years ago.
The sixteen finalists will receive around £56,000 each to develop their designs ahead of a judging deadline in November.
Three winning teams will be chosen for each building and will receive £28,000 each. Two of the schemes will then be selected for construction with their teams awarded a design contract.