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British architect wins international science project


British practices led the way this week in an international architecture competition, taking first and third place.

Weston Williamson was announced winner of the Science City International Architectural Competition in Egypt, with Zaha Hadid Architects achieving third.

Organised by Egyptian library and cultural centre Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the one stage open competition tested participants’ plans and conceptual designs for a new science complex to be built on the western edge of Cairo.

The design brief was to create a set of buildings and spaces that will be inspiring inside and out, and express a particular vision of the quest for knowledge and the pursuit of science.

“We are proud to have won. Needless to say that Egypt has a unique cultural heritage, but we were also attracted by the ambition of the project, clearly expressed through the brief,” said Chris Williamson, one of the founders of Weston Williamson.

“We look forward to developing the design and creating something worthy for Egypt’s future generations.”

The new Science City complex will include a science museum and learning and research facility.

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