British architects win major international science building project
Weston Williamson+Partners have been announced as the winners of the Science City International Architectural Competition in Cairo, Egypt. Another prominent British practice, Zaha Hadid architects took third place.
Organised by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and judged by a panel of world-leading academics and science entrepreneurs, this was a one-stage open international competition for a comprehensive plan and conceptual design.
The organization announced the winners of the Science City International Architectural Competition on Monday 29th August, opening at the same time, an exhibition for the public at the BA conference centre.
The design brief for the competition of Science City was to create a set of buildings and spaces that will be inspiring inside and out, and express a particular vision of the quest for knowledge and the pursuit of science. With this approach in mind, the Library of Alexandria endorsed a Science City project by organizing an open, one stage international architectural competition for the comprehensive master plan and conceptual design.
About winning, Chris Williamson, one of the Founders of WW+P said, “We are proud to have won. Needless to say that Egypt has a unique cultural heritage, but we were also attracted by the ambition of the project, clearly expressed through the brief. We look forward to developing the design and creating something worthy for Egypt’s future generations.”
The new Science City complex will be built on the western edge of Cairo, and calls for an entirely new integrated master plan and conceptual design that will ultimately create the first 21st century science museum, learning and research facility in Egypt.