Ground Zero architect designs university building

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AN architect who devised the plans for New York’s Ground Zero site will design Durham University’s latest building.

Daniel Libeskind was also the architect for the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, Denver Art Museum and the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Center in Hong Kong. He will design a landmark building for the university’s Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.

Physics and Astronomy at Durham University were recently ranked in the world top 50.

It is hoped the new building will ensure the best possible facilities continue to maintain the university’s global profile for physics research and teaching.

It is hoped the building, which will be located next to the current physics building on South Road, Durham, will be completed by December 2015, subject to planning permission, and will create an estimated 50 jobs for contractors during construction.

Professor Martin Ward, head of Physics at Durham University, said: “We are very excited to have selected renowned architect Daniel Libeskind to design this building, which we believe will be an asset not just for Durham University but for Durham City itself.

“It is intended that the building will complement the traditional buildings and landscape and it will also meet the highest industry standards for sustainability.”

Daniel said: “Durham University is a place with both great history and great vision.

“I am delighted to have been selected to design the new department of physics building.

“This building will serve as a state-of-the-art facility and will be an exciting new presence in the cultural and educational scene.”