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Zaha makes shortlist for US art museum

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Zaha Hadid is the only UK-based architect named on a stellar shortlist battling it out to design a new art museum for the Michigan State University (MSU).

She faces competition from Austrian stars Coop Himmelb(l)au, Californians Morphosis, international big-hitters Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects and Los Angeles firm Randall Stout.

The teams, which will present their proposals next Wednesday (18 July), have been asked to come up with designs for a new $30 million (£15 million), 8,000m2 art museum.

Known as the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum project, the scheme will eventually create space for both permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as educational purposes.

The new building will sit at the Collingwood Entrance to the university on Grand River Avenue and have two entrances, one facing the campus and the other facing Grand River, effectively opening up the college to the local community.

It will replace the existing, and now abandoned, Paolucci Building of 1947.

A winner is expected to be announced before the end of July and work is due to start in autumn 2008.

It is hoped the museum will open to the public before the end of 2010.

by Richard Waite

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