PHI selects two grand finalists to advance in final competition

Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen will compete to design PHI Contemporary, a relocation and consolidation of the existing contemporary art institution.

PHI has selected two grand finalists to advance in the final stage of the international architecture competition for PHI Contemporary.

Kuehn Malvezzi + Pelletier de Fontenay and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen have been selected by the jury to proceed to the final stage of the competition following the public presentations of the five finalist architects on May 2.

PHI Contemporary will be an institution dedicated to exploring the contemporary through public engagement with art and culture. Opening its doors in 2026, the 6,900 m2 facility will consolidate the full breadth of PHI’s public cultural offer under one roof.

Now in the final stage of the competition, the two grand finalists will form multidisciplinary teams to develop their completed proposals leading to the final selection and announcement of the Laureat on July 15, 2022.

The Grand Finalists:

Kuehn Malvezzi was founded in 2001 by architects Simona Malvezzi, Wilfried Kuehn and Johannes Kuehn in Berlin. The practice has had a strong focus on cultural venues, exhibitions and public spaces, and an interest in reflexive ways of dealing with specific contexts and sensitive preservation issues.

Established in 2010 by Hubert Pelletier and Yves de Fontenay in Montreal, Pelletier de Fontenay has quickly gained a reputation for design excellence for contemporary public projects that currently include museums, schools, and public libraries projects.

OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen was founded in 2002 by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen. OFFICE is renowned for its idiosyncratic architecture, in which realisations and theoretical projects stand side by side, engaging in all architectural and urbanist design, creating projects of all scales ranging from furniture to master planning in Belgium as well as internationally.

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