Architect shortlist for The Crystal Palace restoration in London announced
With a £500m investment from the Chinese ZhongRong Group
The Crystal Palace was built in Hyde Park as an exhibition pavilion for The Great Exhibition in 1851. The project was led by gardener Joseph Paxton, who specialised in the construction of large greenhouses. When the show ended, the palace was dismantled and moved to a new location in South London. The building was destroyed by fire in 1936 and has not been recovered since, and the area is still called 'Crystal Palace' to this day.
Now, the historic structure is set to be developed by Chinese firm ZhongRong Group, which is investing £500m pounds into the project. The restructured building is going to be used as an exhibition complex, including studios, galleries, conference rooms and a hotel.
Amongst the shortlisted candidates to work on the restoration are David Chipperfield Architects; Grimshaw; Haworth Tompkins Architects; Marks Barfield Architects; Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; and Zaha Hadid Architects with Anish Kapoor. The selected company will be appointed in the summer and will work alongside Arup – the lead consultant for the project.