Star architects Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and David Chipperfield have been shortlisted as part of the six architects running to revive Joseph Paxon’s Crystal Palace in south London.
Studios Grimshaw, Haworth Tompkins and Marks Barfield Architects also made the cut to redesign the iron, glass and steel structure that was previously designed by English architect Paxon to host the Great Exhibition of 1851 that was later destroyed in the fire in 1936.
The new venue will offer the centerpiece of a wider masterplan of the surrounding 80 hectare park, backed by Chinese developer thr ZhongRong Group.
“This is a stellar line-up of talent demonstrating the worldwide interest in this unique and challenging project,” said London mayor Boris Johnson, who is chairing the judging panel.
“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,” he added.
Up to three of the shortlisted firms will be invited to prepare concept designs later this year. An overall winner will be announced shortly after and construction of the chosen project is planned for late 2015.
Ni Zhaoxing of ZhongRong Group commented: “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.”