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Stars reveal rival visions for £100m LSE job

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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has revealed the six anonymous concepts shortlisted for its new £100 million building

The unnamed schemes feature in a public exhibition – opening tomorrow – where the public will be invited to select their favourite designs.

Chosen from 87 entries, the shortlist features three practices led by women: Amanda Levete’s AL_A; 2015 Jane Drew Prize winners Grafton Architects; and New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Penoyre & Prasad.

They are joined by David Chipperfield Architects, Herzog & de Meuron Architects and a collaboration between 2015 Stirling Prize finalist Niall McLaughlin Architects and Scott Brownrigg.

Shortlist in full

  • AL_A, London
  • David Chipperfield Architects, London
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Penoyre & Prasad, New York & London
  • Grafton Architects, Dublin, Ireland
  • Herzog & de Meuron Architects, Basel, Switzerland & London
  • Niall McLaughlin Architects + Scott Brownrigg, London

LSE director of estates Julian Robinson commented: ‘The amount of analysis and intellectual effort that has gone into the designs from each team is staggering and the results are impressive and very exciting.

‘Given its size and prime location on Lincoln’s Inn Fields we want this to be a seminal university building; its legacy will endure for many generations so it is vital that we make the right decision.’

The contest is the third major RIBA-backed competition run by the LSE for landmark schemes on its Aldwych campus.

In 2009 O’Donnell + Tuomey was selected to design the award-winning £24.1million Saw Swee Hock student centre (see bottom) and in 2013 Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners saw off Grafton Architects, Heneghan Peng, Hopkins Architects and OMA to land commission for the LSE’s new £120million Global Centre for Social Sciences.

The proposed Paul Marshall Building, named after a major benefactor of the LSE, will replace 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields – an eight-storey post war office complex purchased by the university two years ago.

The scheme will house the academic departments of accounting, finance and management and research centres, including the Marshall Institute with teaching facilities as well as new multi-purpose sports and arts facilities.

Finalists will present their schemes to the judging panel in mid-April and a winner will be announced shortly after.

The exhibition will run from 2 to 17 March inside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre on Sheffield Street, WC2A 2AP.

How to vote

Visit the public exhibition website for more information

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  • Congratulations on the shortlist a really diverse range of studios - will be a difficult one to call! Good luck.

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