Six architects have been shortlisted for the job to design a £500m recreation of the Crystal Palace in south London
Plans to invest £500m in rebuilding The Crystal Palace and restoring the surrounding public park were announced in October 2013 by Chinese developer ZhongRong Group, with the support of the Mayor of London and Bromley council.
Today, six architects were shortlisted for the job to design the project:
- David Chipperfield Architects
- Haworth Tompkins Architects
- Marks Barfield Architects
- Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
- Zaha Hadid Architects with Anish Kapoor
The new Crystal Palace with comprise a culture-led exhibition and employment space, and will sit at the top of the 180-acre Crystal Palace Park in south London.
It will incorporate the listed Italian style terraces, and other Victorian heritage within the park, fully restored for the public.
The selection panel for the competition to design the project evaluated expressions of interest from almost 40 architects from across the world.
Up to three teams from this shortlist will be invited to prepare initial concept designs in the final competition stage.
The selected architect, due to be appointed in the summer, will work closely with the lead consultant Arup.
Chairman of the ZhongRong Group Ni Zhaoxing said: “This is a positive step forward for the project. The expressions of interest and outstanding shortlist demonstrate the wealth and diversity of design talent inspired by the challenge of rebuilding The Crystal Palace in the spirit of the magnificent original.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “This is a stellar line-up of talent demonstrating the world-wide interest in this unique and challenging project.
“The rebuild of The Crystal Palace is set to produce an extraordinary new landmark for the capital, which will support the rebirth of this historic park and catalyse jobs and growth in the local area.”