CERN Public Realm Competition Proposal / HASSELL

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HASSELL, an international design practice, was recently awarded for their entry in both categories of the international Public Realm competition for CERN in . The competition entry, which was produced by the London studio of HASSELL, was the sole UK based design practice to be recognized with an award. The open international competition, run by the Canton of , was launched in May 2011. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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The competition was split into two categories – an Ideas competition for the length of the Route de Meyrin adjacent to the CERN campus, and a Project competition to design an emblematic Public Realm that will form the public face of the campus. HASSELL was placed in the top three in both categories, with the Project competition completed in collaboration with the lighting architect Rogier van der Heide.

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The entry from HASSELL explored the relationship between the imposing natural setting of the CERN Campus, with the evolving technological discoveries that are making headline news around the world. Tony Grist, Head of Architecture for HASSELL and based in the London studio, commented “The result recognizes the commitment HASSELL places on the design of the public realm, and the culture of collaboration between architecture and landscape architecture within our practice.”

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The private view of the Route de Meyrin – CERN International competition took place on Thursday 19th January 2012. The exhibition will run until 28 January 2012 in the Globe of Science and Innovation, CERN.

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "CERN Public Realm Competition Proposal / HASSELL" 25 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • H-J

    It’s funny how so many architects nowadays put either hot-air balloons, Koons’Balloon Dog or Bourgeois’ Spider in at least one of their renders for a project, best is of course to have them all in one and have it over with…