Architecture Update: Cardiff contest

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The Independent Culture
SIR Norman Foster and Partners are the only British architects chosen to go through to the second stage of the competition to design the pounds 40m Cardiff Bay Opera House. Sir Norman, unlike other competitors, will not have to take part in the first stage of the competition, which is open to all registered architects. The Cardiff Bay Opera Trust, a consortium that includes the Welsh Arts Council, Cardiff Bay Development Corporation and the Welsh National Opera, plans to raise most of the project's capital through the National Lottery and Millennium Fund. The three other 'preselected' architects are Mario Botta (Italy), Rem Koolhaas (the Netherlands) and Rafael Moneo (Spain).