Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Shortlisted architects for proposed Centre for Music revealed

10:12, 11th July 2017

The architects selected to develop a concept design for London’s proposed Centre for Music have been revealed.

Those shortlisted include Frank Gehry, whose Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles has become one of the most recognisable venues in the world; Renzo Piano, whose buildings include the Pompidou Centre and the Shard; Lord Norman Foster, who is responsible for some of London’s most iconic buildings, such as 30 St Mary Axe (the ‘Gherkin’), City Hall and Wembley Stadium; and Amanda Levete, who has created the V&A’s new porcelain-tiled courtyard.

The six shortlisted architectural firms are: AL_A (UK) and Diamond Schmitt Architects (Canada); Diller Scofidio and Renfro (USA) and Sheppard Robson (UK); Foster and Partners (UK); Gehry Partners, LLP (USA) and Arup Associates (UK); Renzo Piano Building Workshop (France) and Snøhetta (Norway).

The firms will now submit a detailed response to the design brief, including details of the team that would work on the project and a fee proposal.

Shortlisted bids will be assessed and scored, and an appointment will be made following a series of interviews with the assessment panel.

The chosen design will form part of the detailed business case for the project, which will be submitted in December 2018.

The proposed Centre for Music, intended for the site currently occupied by the Museum of London, would contain a ‘world-class concert hall for the digital age’, as well as spaces for education and training.

Catherine McGuinness, policy chair at the City of London Corporation, said it was ‘hugely encouraging that so many leading architects from around the world have responded enthusiastically’ to the design competition.

‘For the key partners behind this project and the City of London Corporation, this important announcement brings everyone a step closer towards one of the most widely anticipated and significant developments in the Square Mile’s vibrant cultural hub,’ she added.

In a joint statement, Sir Nicholas Kenyon (managing director, Barbican), Kathryn McDowell (managing director, London Symphony Orchestra) and Lynne Williams (principal, Guildhall School of Music & Drama) said: ‘The strength of this international shortlist really demonstrates the excitement around this potentially transformative cultural project.

‘We look forward to the next stage of the appointment process as we look to seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a landmark new building that inspires current and future generations through the power and excitement of live music.’

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