Fast forward architecture

Zaha Hadid’s new building, “Pierresvives”, houses the Cite des Savoirs et du Sport in the French city of Montpellier.

Text: Mary Giatra

Zaha Hadid, the Anglo-Iraqi architect who was also the first woman in history to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, keeps amazing us with her breathtaking futurism.

Her new building, “Pierresvives”, houses the Cite des Savoirs et du Sport in the French city of Montpellier. The red ribbon was cut less than a month ago, leaving the audience pretty impressed.

 

Hadid’s usual futuristic, flowing shapes and hi-tech materials were manifested in the building which is divided in three horizontal layers that give the impression of rapid movement. A building running towards the future.

 

The concrete and glass facade, protects an open space interior which was created in a way that optimizes the flow between the different spaces and invites the public warmly.

The building, attempts to unify three institutions, the archive, the library and the sports department within a single envelope. Keeping a strong exterior and a more hospitable interior, it transforms the city of Montpellier with a powerful architectural gesture.