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Whitworth found worthy of top architects attention

A RIBA competition to find the architect who will design an extension and remodelling of the University of Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery has received attention from some of the top names in British architecture. The longlist has been announced and includes Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete and Eric Parry among its ranks.

Given the words of Margaret Pilkington, Whitworth Art Gallery Director, who said on a visit to Oslo in 1932, "I have come to the conclusion that a good museum or gallery should be a place where people feel comfortable. If it stands in a garden or park, the visitors should be able to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors as a counterpoint to what is within." the architects have submitted proposals that will encompass an extension to the south-west facing end of the gallery and an alteration of internal and external spaces.

A shortlist of 5 practices will be decided upon following an interview with the jury panel who will then enter the design process with their design being exhibited before the final winner is chosen in November.

The full longlist of ten practices is (in alphabetical order):

Amanda Levete Architects
Dixon Jones
Edward Cullinan Architects
Eric Parry Architects
Feilden Clegg Bradley
Haworth Tompkins
MUMA
Stanton Williams
Stephenson Bell with Carmody Groake
Zaha Hadid Architects

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