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Old July 11th, 2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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Winning Iraq parliament design revealed
9 January 2013 | By David Rogers

Design for Iraqi parliament building
Team featuring Assemblage, Buro Happold lands compeitition win

BD can reveal the first images of the design which scored the highest marks in an international competition for a new $1 billion parliament complex in Baghdad.

The competition, which carried a first prize of $250,000, was launched in late 2011 and attracted the interest of more than 100 firms but has been shrouded in secrecy by the Iraqi authorities in order to combat effects of corruption.

It has been won by a team headed by Assemblage, a 10-year-old London practice which specialises in urban projects. Also on board is Canadian firm Adamson Associates, which was the executive architect on the Shard, engineer Buro Happold, and design manager Schumann Smith.

Among the firms it beat were two other British practices, Capita Symonds and Zaha Hadid Architects, as well as French practices Fevre Gaucher and ADPI, which is part of the Paris Airports Group.

Assemblage director Peter Besley said: “It’s a great honour. We’re also very pleased a scheme about Iraq and the Iraqis has been chosen ahead of style-driven architecture.”

The design is formed as a pattern of indoor and outdoor streets and green courtyards all linked to a number of buildings.

The two main buildings are the circular Council of Representatives and the square-shaped Federal Council. The Council of Representatives building includes a Great Hall and Council Chamber while a press conference hall is planned for the lower ground floor.

The new complex will be built on a 50ha site at the disused Al Muthana airport in the middle of the city which was due to be the location of a super mosque planned by former leader Saddam Hussein. A number of 50m high concrete columns had already been built by the time work was halted by the US-led invasion 10 years ago. These will be torn down but a series of piles put in place for the mosque will remain.

As well as the main buildings the site will also feature a host of others which will house government departments and administration buildings.

Assemblage is also bidding to rebuild a town called Kadhimiya on the northern outskirts of Baghdad with its team also including Schumann Smith, Adamson Architects and Aecom.


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