HASSELL wins double honours in CERN public realm competition

HASSELL was recognised yesterday for its entry in both categories of the international Public Realm competition for CERN in Geneva. The competition invited designs for a new public area and reception for CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, which houses the Large Hadron Collider.

The competition was split into two categories – an Ideas competition for the length of the Route de Meyrin adjacent to the CERN campus, and a Project competition to design an emblematic Public Realm that will form the public face of the campus. HASSELL was placed in the top three in both categories, with the Project competition entry completed in collaboration with the lighting architect Rogier van der Heide.


The entry from HASSELL’s London Studio explored the relationship between the imposing natural setting of the CERN Campus, with the evolving technological discoveries that are making headline news around the world.

Tony Grist, International Head of Architecture, based in London, commented “The result is a recognition of the commitment HASSELL places on the design of the Public Realm, and the culture of collaboration between architect and landscape architect within our practice.”


The Globe of Innovation at CERN is a venue for discussions and exchanges on the interaction between science, industry and society. The Globe hosts exhibitions, conferences, events, meetings and debates.

The top three prizes in the CERN competition in both categories are as follows:
1. Studio Bürgi, Switzerland
2. Jacob Plannung, Switzerland
3. HASSELL, London 

An exhibition of the competition submissions is being held until 28 January 2012 in the Globe of Science and Innovation at CERN.