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Revealed: global stars shortlisted for RCA's £108m expansion

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The Royal College of Arts (RCA) has named Herzog & de Meuron and American stars Diller Scofidio + Renfro on a seven-strong shortlist vying to design a £108 million extension to its Battersea campus

Chicago-based Studio Gang, which is headed by this year’s Woman Architect of the Year Award Jeanne Gang, Belgian practice Robbrecht en Daem architecten, France’s Lacaton & Vassal and Christian Kerez from Switzerland are also among the finalists.

London and Singapore-based Serie Architects completes the line-up for the Battersea South campus project, which is expected to replace the RCA’s sculpture building and moving image studio at the corner of Howie Street and Elcho Street. 

Competition organiser Malcolm Reading of Malcolm Reading Consultants described the shortlist as ‘a dazzling list of architectural thought-leaders’.

The scheme, situated behind Foster + Partners’ offices in Hester Road, will sit alongside three existing RCA buildings by Haworth Tompkins: the Sackler, Dyson, and Woo Buildings.

The RCA expects to announce the winner in October 2016.

The shortlist

  • Christian Kerez (Switzerland)
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro (USA)
  • Herzog & de Meuron (Switzerland and UK)
  • Lacaton & Vassal (France)
  • Robbrecht en Daem architecten (Belgium)
  • Serie Architects (UK and Singapore)
  • Studio Gang (USA)

The invited competition attracted 97 expressions of interest.

The college said the new scheme would helped it expand its ’research and knowledge exchange centres into the domains of computer and materials science, the impact of the digital economy, and intelligent mobility’.

Paul Thompson, rector of the RCA and chair of its Architectural Selection Panel described the shortlist as ‘an exceptional cross-section of international talent all wanting to engage with a world-class institution’.

He added: ‘The panel was particularly delighted with the range of talents and approaches, not least because the building has to reflect the radical nature, experimentation and high design standards of the world’s pre-eminent art and design university.’ 

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  • Fantastic international shortlist! Great to see relatively young studio Serie on the list!

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