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Foster + Partners pitted against stars for new ArcelorMittal HQ

Luxembourg kirchberg image by manis404
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Foster + Partners is among eight big-name teams longlisted in a contest for a new headquarters for global steel giant ArcelorMittal in Kirchberg, Luxembourg

The number one AJ100 practice is competing against Bernard Tschumi Architects, Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture, Rafael Viñoly Architects and OMA in the prestigious invitation-only competition.

Hamburg-based Von Gerkan, Marg and Partners; Wilmotte & Associés of Paris; and Cologne’s JSWD Architekten also feature on the international longlist.

The project will create a new headquarters for the multinational company which is already based in Luxembourg. The winning scheme will be erected on a prominent 7,273m² site currently used as a car park on Kirchberg’s main thoroughfare, Avenue JF Kennedy, between Rue Galileo Galilei and Rue du Fort Thüngen.

According to the contest announcement: ‘The project confirms ArcelorMittal’s commitment to maintaining its presence in Luxembourg, while also taking the opportunity to ensure its employees enjoy a state-of-the-art working environment, and demonstrating the environmental advantages of using steel in construction.

‘The size and ambition of this architectural project mean the headquarters building is set to become a significant landmark in Luxembourg. Steel will be used for both the building’s internal structure and external façades.’

Located on a plateau north-east of the city centre, Kirchberg is the principal business district of the capital city. Nearby landmarks include Dominique Perrault’s £260 million European Court of Justice, Ingenhoven Architects’ European Investment Bank and the Philharmonie Luxembourg (pictured) by Christian de Portzamparc.

Last summer Alejandro Zaera-Polo’s practice AZPML won a design contest for a new affordable housing scheme in Kirchberg. AZPML’s winning scheme will deliver three residential blocks on Boulevard Konrad Adenauer designed to the highest passive standards and featuring grey brick cladding.

Foster and the other seven longlisted teams will first produce initial sketches for the ArcelorMittal headquarters building and then up to three teams will be shortlisted and invited to develop preliminary architectural designs. A winner is expected to be announced in September.

The shortlist

  • Bernard Tschumi Architects
  • Foster + Partners
  • JSWD Architekten
  • Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture
  • Rafael Viñoly Architects
  • OMA
  • Von Gerkan, Marg and Partners
  • Wilmotte & Associés
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