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Foster misses out on £45m Indian museum job

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Foster + Partners has narrowly lost out to Japanese practice Maki and Associates in the competition to design the £45 million Patna museum of ancient India

According to reports, Norman Foster’s practice missed out on winning the international contest because, even though its scheme was allegedly the judges’ favourite, the company’s fee was too high.

Documents released to the AJ (see attached) show there was less than two per cent between the two practices in the final judging scores.

Shortlisted architects in the high profile contest run by the State of Bihar’s Department of Art, Culture and Youth included: Daniel Libeskind, Snøhetta and Coop Himmelblau.

Tokyo-based Maki signed a contract with the government of Bihar last month and has commenced design work.

The studio’s ‘campus’ approach to the 5.6ha site (pictured) will feature a series of separate buildings arranged around a courtyard.

The new building is planned to open in 2015 and supersedes an existing museum building built in 1917.

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