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Host of Brits line up for Museum of Africa gig

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A staggering 56 British architects have entered the competition to design the replacement for Michael Wilford and Chris Dyson's doomed Museum of Africa project.

The South African contest looks set to become one of the most popular in recent years having already attracted a mass of interest from around the globe.

Last month the AJ revealed Wilford and Dyson's extraordinary £47 million museum and cultural village project (pictured) had been unexpectedly dropped by landowner Spier Holdings (AJ 1/6/06).

The unusual scheme would have become the centrepiece of a major transformation of the wine-growing estate in Lynedoch Valley, Stellenbosch.

However Spier holdings - the organiser behind the open and anonymous international competition - decided to ditch the proposals blaming a 'very long list' of undisclosed reasons.

The company hopes the new development will house around 3,000 people and will provide 'internationally significant' facilities for visual and performance art.

Among the 900 entrants who are beleived to have thrown their card into the hat are this year's Lubetkin Prize-winners, locally-based practice Noero Wolff.

A winner is expected to be announced in January next year.

by Richard Waite

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