Amanda Levete, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Frank Gehry, Snohetta: The starriest of starchitects are on the shortlist to design Londonâs new Center for Music, a future home for the London Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
All of the architects on the shortlist, which was announced Monday, have extensive experience working on cultural buildings. Ms. Levete, who heads the architectural firm AL_A, and is collaborating on the Center for Music proposal with Diamond Schmitt Architects of Canada, recently designed the extension to the Victoria & Albert museum in London. Diller Scofidio + Renfro is currently working on an expansion project for the Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as designing the Shed, a major new Manhattan cultural center.
Mr. Pianoâs France-based firm designed the just-opened Santander art gallery in Spain, while Mr. Fosterâs practice has designed the CarrÃ© dâArt in NÃ®mes, France, and the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Snohetta, a Norway and New York-based collaborative, has designed a theater for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, as well as the International Center for Cave Art in Montignac, France.
The Ã©minence grise of the batch, Mr. Gehry, is known worldwide for his distinctive titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, as well as for the Walt Disney Concert hall in Los Angeles and the Vuitton Foundation in Paris.