Jean Nouvel‘s adviser Olivier Schmitt announced that the museum had declared Nouvel and Beijing Institute of Architecture Design (BIAD) the winners.

“By a notification sent on July 25th 2012 and signed by the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Jean Nouvel (Ateliers Jean Nouvel) and Beijing Institute of Architecture Design (BIAD) have been declared winners by the jury of the international competition for the construciton of the NAMOC in Beijing,” Schmitt wrote.

Nouvel was shortlisted for the project last year along with architects Zaha Hadid Architects and Frank Gehry, but despite rumours suggesting Nouvel had won, there has been no official word on the outcome until now.

The competition to design NAMOC was conducted over three rounds, from December 2010 to July 2012. Earlier this month.