Chandrababu Naidu, who wants to build Amaravati as a world-class capital, has zeroed in on three of the world’s leading architects to conceptualise the `government complex’ which will be the first structure that will come up in the new capital. The three architects are Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and Richard Rogers, who will `compete’ to clinch the deal under the Swiss Challenge method.
Some of the world’s finest landmarks have been designed by these leading architects from Europe. And Naidu is reportedly keen to utilise their services for the grand government complex that will be the seat of power. The winner of the Swiss Challenge bidding process will conceptualise and design the mega structure.
“The building will come up in the proposed Government Core area of the seed capital. The state government is keen to complete the complex by 2018. The 42floor complex will have 1.32 crore sq feet of built-up space,“ said a senior official privy to the development.
Norman Foster has won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is regarded as the Nobel Prize of architecture. He has designed and built the new German Parliament, the Hearst Tower in New York City , City Hall and Millennium Bridge in London and is regarded by many as the greatest living architect. Richard Roger has designed the Lloyd’s Building and Peternoster Square in London as also the Millennium Dome. Rem Koolhas had conceptualised the Seattle Central library, Shenzhen stock exchange, Seoul National University Museum of Art and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin.
Initially, the state government invited tenders for selec tion of the architects through the Capital City Development Management Corporation (CCDMC). As many as 10 firms had responded to the tenders. The government kept them in abeyance as it was not satisfied with the participating firms.!! This time the government invited the tenders through the CRDA and shortlisted a few companies to participate in the design competition. Norman Foster (Foster + Partners), Richard Rogers (Rogers Stirk Har bour + Partners), and Rem Koolhas (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) figure in the shortlisted architect firms.
The competition under Swiss Challenge will take place for two days from November 20.“The design competition for the smart government complex will be held in CRDA office. The participants will give their proposals. Based on those, we will take a final call,“ N Srikanth, CRDA commissioner, told TOI.
Source: Times of India, Hyderabad Edition