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Zaha down to last two in Beethoven contest

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Zaha Hadid Architects has made it down to the last two in the competition to design the new Beethoven Festival Hall in Bonn, Germany

The RIBA Stirling Prize-shortlisted architect now only has the Austrian office of Hermann & Valentiny Und Partner left to beat to land the prize proejct having already seen off fellow finalists Richard Meier & Partners and Arato Isozaki.

Describing Hadid’s design approach for the new Rhine-side concert venue, a spokesman said: ‘Learning from the missed opportunities during the planning of the existing building in the 1950’s, [our] proposal not only incorporates a high degree of porosity in its site plan, but intensifies the connection by introducing a transparent [and] dramatic atrium that stretches from the City to the Rhine.

‘With two main facades, the building presents itself in an open and inviting manner to the River and the City, allowing for deep visual links through its crystalline mass.’

An announcement about the winner has yet to be confirmed.

Zaha Hadid Architects' shortlisted design for the new Beethoven Festival Hall in Bonn

Zaha Hadid Architects’ shortlisted design for the new Beethoven Festival Hall in Bonn

Previous (AJ 30.01.09)

Zaha makes Beethoven shortlist

Zaha Hadid Architects has made the shortlist for the Beethoven Festival Hall in Bonn, Germany

Hermann & Valentiny Und Partner, Richard Meier & Partners and Arato Isozaki completed the international line-up.

The designs for the hall were unveiled on Friday (31 January). David Chipperfield Architects and Allies and Morrison also submitted schemes.

Foster + Partners declined the offer to vie for the world-class concert venue, claiming that the practice is too busy.

According to a spokesman for the contest, the practice had said it could not take part in the invited international competition ‘for time and capacity reasons’.

A public exhibition showcasing all the designs opened at the weekend and a winner is expected to be announced in the summer.

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