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Shortlist of Architects Announced for Music Center in London


From left, Frank Gehry, Amanda Levete and Renzo Piano, some of the architects who made the shortlist to design London’s new Center for Music.

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Amanda Levete, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Frank Gehry, Snohetta: The starriest of starchitects are on the shortlist to design London’s new Center for Music, a future home for the London Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

All of the architects on the shortlist, which was announced Monday, have extensive experience working on cultural buildings. Ms. Levete, who heads the architectural firm AL_A, and is collaborating on the Center for Music proposal with Diamond Schmitt Architects of Canada, recently designed the extension to the Victoria & Albert museum in London. Diller Scofidio + Renfro is currently working on an expansion project for the Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as designing the Shed, a major new Manhattan cultural center.

Mr. Piano’s France-based firm designed the just-opened Santander art gallery in Spain, while Mr. Foster’s practice has designed the Carré d’Art in Nîmes, France, and the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Snohetta, a Norway and New York-based collaborative, has designed a theater for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, as well as the International Center for Cave Art in Montignac, France.

The éminence grise of the batch, Mr. Gehry, is known worldwide for his distinctive titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, as well as for the Walt Disney Concert hall in Los Angeles and the Vuitton Foundation in Paris.

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