Architecture Update: Winner for Wales

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THE ARCHITECTS Alsop & Stormer have won an international competition to design a pounds 15m National Centre for Literature in Swansea, marking the city's selection as UK City of Literature and Writing.

The building, designed as a three-storey glass box sitting on angled concrete legs, will include a writer's centre, a museum of the written word, a bookshop, and catering facilities.

The architects, best known for the Swiss-roll-shaped visitors' centre at Cardiff Bay, beat five other firms invited to compete, including the American Michael Graves and Stirling Wilford & Associates, designers of the Clore Gallery at the Tate in London.

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