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Tuesday, 16th February 2010
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Japanese firm scoops airport contract

Japanese architectural firm Riken Yamamoto and Field Shop have won a contract to design a new mixed-use building set to form part of Zurich airport.

The building, dubbed The Circle, is set to be some 200,000 square metres in size and will be located near the main airport terminal. It is due to cost around £547 million and will include some shops and a new hotel.

Riken Yamamoto and Field Shop fought off competition from 89 other firms from 12 different countries. Commenting on the firm's ideas for the new building, representatives from Zurich airport called their designs "characterised primarily by Swiss understatement and high atmospheric quality derived from the eloquence of its compact urban format".

The other four finalists were US firm Asymptote Architecture, Durig AG, which is based in Switzerland, US architect Zaha Hadid and Belgium firm Xaveer De Geyter.

Meanwhile, Japanese shipping line firm NYK has announced it is to double the number of people it employs in the UK.

Written by Mark Smith.