HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who wants to build Amaravati as a world-class capital, has zeroed in on three of the world's leading architects to conceptualise the 'government complex' - which will be the first structure that will come up in the new capital. The three architects are Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and Richard Rogers, who will 'compete' to clinch the deal under the Swiss Challenge method.

Some of the world's finest landmarks have been designed by these leading architects from Europe. And Naidu is reportedly keen to utilise their services for the grand government complex that will be the seat of power. The winner of the Swiss Challenge bidding process will conceptualise and design the mega structure.

"The building will come up in the proposed Government Core area of the seed capital. The state government is keen to complete the complex by 2018. The 42-floor complex will have 1.32 crore sq feet of built-up space," said a senior official privy to the development.

This time the government invited the tenders through the CRDA and shortlisted a few companies to participate in the design competition. Norman Foster (Foster + Partners), Richard Rogers (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners), and Rem Koolhas (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) figure in the shortlisted architect firms.

The competition under Swiss Challenge will take place for two days from November 20. "The design competition for the smart government complex will be held for two days in Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) office premises. The participants will give their proposals. Based on those, we will take a final call," N Srikanth, CRDA commissioner, told TOI.