Zaha Hadid and Foster + Partners are on the shortlist to overhaul historic Whiteleys shopping centre in Bayswater, London – the UK capital’s first department store.
Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make and Stiff + Trevillion make up the four firms under consideration to take on the regeneration of the store which was converted into a mall in 1989.
The building was bought last year by real estate investors Meyer Bergman for $185m backed by the Brunei royal family.
The proposals for the 1911 Whiteleys building, which was designed by John Belcher and John James Joass, is part of a wider plan to transform into a Covent Garden-style tourist destination.
When it first opened, the building was one of the top stores in London and included both a theatre and a rooftop golf-course. It was owned by William Whiteley who first opened a store in the area in 1863.
The shop is mentioned in George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion as Eliza Doolittle is sent “to Whiteleys to be attired.”
A spokesman for the store said: “We are currently reviewing concepts from a number of leading architects as we look at the next step of our transformation plans.”