UPDATE: OMA has reportedly withdrawn from the competition.
The city of Arnhem, the Netherlands, has revealed an impressive shortlist of five firms who will compete to design a new cultural building for the city, The Arts Cluster, which will combine the Museum Arnhem and Focus Filmtheater Arnhem.
The five firms selected from 44 entries are: Architecture Studio HH with SO-IL (United States); ABT with the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG, Denmark) with Allard Architecture; Kengo Kuma & Associates(Japan); NL Architects; and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).
More on The Arts Cluster, after the break...
The Arts Cluster, located in southern Arnhem, in Rijnboog, is part of the Rijnboog Project to connect the city of Arnhem more with the Rhine. The new cultural facility aims to bring audiences and artists together in a place that will challenge perceptions of visual arts, film and design as well as stimulate groundbreaking creativity, dialogue and critical reflection. It is expected to be constructed in 2018.
The jury included: Maarten Kloos (Chairman) Hedwig Saam (director of municipal museums Arnhem), Henk Bitter (Director Focus Film Theatre Arnhem), Wim Korvinus (artist), Johan Idema (author of the book "Beyond the black box and the white cube) Bert Dirrix (architect and member quality team Rijnboog) and Gijs Frencken (urban Arnhem).
Source: The City of Arnhem