Five international consortia have been selected to submit design proposals for the €1.4bn European Spallation Source (ESS) research centre in Lund, Sweden.
The five consortia include a partnership between Bethem Crouwel, West8, Arup and Mandaworks, and a team of Bjarke Ingels Group, HOK International and Topotek1/Man Made Land.
The other shortlisted groups include Foster + Partners, Peter Walker and Partners, Research Facilities Design, Ramboll Group and Berg/CF Moller Architects; Henning Larsen Architects, COBE, SLA and NNE Pharmaplan, and Tengbom, Mecanoo Architecten, Buro Happold.
The five consortia have been chosen from 23 proposals and the winning bidder will develop and present designs for the site layout and buildings for the ESS facility and the surrounding landscaping.
ESS director general Colin Carlile said in the 21st century, large-scale science centres cannot look like factories or be wasteful with energy but must be built to focus on sustainability to create an attractive working atmosphere and to integrate well into the surroundings.
"Our ambition is to develop an excellent architectural design that will reflect values of ESS and its importance in the European scientific landscape," Carlile said.
ESS will be co-hosted by both Sweden and Denmark and will be funded and operated by a partnership of 17 European countries.
Sweden and Denmark will cover 50% of the total investment of the research centre costs and 20% of the operating costs together with other Nordic and Baltic states.
The completed design proposals will be submitted on 28 September 2012 and the winning design will be revealed by the end of October 2012.
Construction of the research centre is anticipated to begin in 2013, while the plant will start up in 2019 and become fully operational in 2025.
After completion, ESS will be a multi-disciplinary research laboratory conducting research into the smallest known particles.
After the ESS becomes operational in 2025, it will deliver millisecond-long pulses of intense neutron beams at a power of 5MW to 22 independent experimental stations.
The neuron beams will be used in parallel research in aging and health, materials technology for sustainable and renewable energy, quantum physics, biomaterials and nanoscience.
Caption: The winning architect group will develop and present designs for the site layout and buildings for the ESS facility and the surrounding landscaping. Image: ESS AB