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Boltshauser Architekten Wins Basel Aquarium Competition, Zaha Hadid only 3rd
Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 |

In the international architectural competition for the new 'Ozeanium' Aquarium in Basel, Switzerland, the proposal 'Seacliff' by Boltshauser Architekten has been selected as the winning entry. The Zurich-based firm beat out tough competition from big architectural names, like Zaha Hadid Architects, who came in third, or David Chipperfield Architects, MVRDV, and Behnisch Architekten who only made the shortlist.

The jury praised the restraint in Seacliff's architectural language as well as the compact building volume, deemed most suitable for this inner-city site. The competition had received 55 entries from around the world.

1. Place: Seacliff by Boltshauser Architekten

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1. Place: Seacliff by Boltshauser Architekten

1. Place: Seacliff by Boltshauser Architekten

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1. Place: Seacliff by Boltshauser Architekten

1. Place: Seacliff by Boltshauser Architekten

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1. Place: Seacliff by Boltshauser Architekten

1. Place: Seacliff by Boltshauser Architekten

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1. Place: Seacliff by Boltshauser Architekten

Following are images of the winners places 2 through 7, as well as shortlisted entries.

2. Place: Watergate by HHF Architekten GmbH / Burckhardt + Partner AG

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2. Place: Watergate by HHF Architekten GmbH / Burckhardt + Partner AG

3. Place: Blue Cave by Zaha Hadid Limited

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3. Place: Blue Cave by Zaha Hadid Limited

4. Place: ZoOz by Morger + Dettli Architekten AG

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4. Place: ZoOz by Morger + Dettli Architekten AG

5. Place: Mollusca by Arge Luca Selva Architekten ETH BSA SIA AG/ Pool Architekten

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5. Place: Mollusca by Arge Luca Selva Architekten ETH BSA SIA AG/ Pool Architekten

6. Place: Magellan by :mlzd Architekten

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6. Place: Magellan by :mlzd Architekten

7. Place: Poseidon ke Amphitrite by Marques AG

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7. Place: Poseidon ke Amphitrite by Marques AG

Shortlisted: Caruso St John Architects

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Shortlisted: Caruso St John Architects

Shortlisted: David Chipperfield Architects

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Shortlisted: David Chipperfield Architects

Shortlisted: EM2N Architekten Mathias Müller / Daniel Niggli Architekten AG / ETH / SIA / BSA

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Shortlisted: EM2N Architekten Mathias Müller / Daniel Niggli Architekten AG / ETH / SIA / BSA

Shortlisted: BTUA Bernard Tschumi Urbanistes Architects SARL

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Shortlisted: BTUA Bernard Tschumi Urbanistes Architects SARL

Shortlisted: Tatiana Bilbao, S.C.

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Shortlisted: Tatiana Bilbao, S.C.

Shortlisted: Behnisch Architekten

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Shortlisted: Behnisch Architekten

Shortlisted: MVRDV

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Shortlisted: MVRDV

Shortlisted: Bachelard Wagner Architekten

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Shortlisted: Bachelard Wagner Architekten

All images courtesy Basel Aquarium competition.



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