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Foster and Chipperfield fight it out for £210m LA museum

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Five of the world's finest architects are fighting the final stages of a competition for a museum design costing up to £210 million. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has shortlisted David Chipperfield Architects, Foster and Partners, Swiss practice Herzog & de Meuron, Steven Holl Architects from New York and Boston's Machado and Silvetti Associates.

The teams will design additional buildings, as well as refurbish the museum's 1913 beaux artsinspired building, in a project totalling 50,000m 2.Final selection of the architect is due this summer, with the winner given until 2004 to come up with a design.Work on the first phase is expected to last for three years and cost £65 million. The museum stands in the heart of Exposition Park, a 65ha public area south of downtown LA.

Ann Muscat, executive vice-president and project director for the new museum, said the goal was to give to the community a world-class museum of natural and cultural history.

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