Known for its seven miles of "golden" beaches, the English town of Bournemouth is planning to build a £25 million cultural centre on the country's south coast. The project's organizers, Bournemouth Development Company (BDC) has shortlisted five international practices from 38 interested participants to vie for the commission: Zaha Hadid Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Levitt Bernstein Associates and Jestico + Whiles.
As BD Online reports, the proposal is expected to “conserve and enhance the architectural style of the town as a historic public realm and provide a sense of arrival and place,” as well as improve landscape and transport connections.
The site, currently being occupied by a car park, calls for a new 300-seat theater, gallery, hotel and six restaurants.
A winner will be announced in April.