Architects shortlisted for £500m Crystal Palace ZhongRong Group rebuild project

Architects shortlisted for £500m Crystal Palace rebuild project

An artist impression of what a rebuilt Crystal Palace may look like

Boris Johnson meets the ZhongRong Group chairman Ni Zhaoxing

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A 21st century Crystal Palace on the site of the original is one step closer to becoming a reality with six architect practices through to the next stage of the design competition.

The shortlisted architects from around the world have taken a wide range of approaches to the brief by developer ZhongRong Group, which plans to invest £500m in rebuilding The Crystal Palace and restoring the surrounding park.

They are now preparing more detailed submissions and presentations before up to three teams from the shortlist will be invited to prepare initial concept designs.

The winning architect, due to be appointed in the summer, will work closely with the lead consultant Arup.

The six practices in the running are David Chipperfield Architects, Grimshaw, Haworth Tompkins Architects, Marks Barfield Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects with Anish Kapoor.

ZhongRong Group chairman 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.”

And the 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.”

The original Crystal Palace was designed by Joseph Paxton for the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, in 1854 it was expanded and relocated to south London and the area became known as Crystal Palace.

It was the largest glass structure in the world before it was destroyed by a fire in 1936.


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