ARCHITECTURE: More Zaha Please

Zaha Hadid, has unveiled her firm’s latest daring project. It is the Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Center in China and when complete, it will be the largest concentration of the Architect’s work on earth!

 Text: Mary Giatra

 

The Iraqi-British Architect’s new project is a massive urban plan consisting of swirly, sculptural objects, that create one complex but can also work as semi-independent.

 

As Zaha quoted, it is a project about:

“A PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY LANDSCAPE THAT WILL POSE A STRONG URBAN EXPERIENCE.”

 

The futuristic complex centers around a central public space that feeds three different cultural centers: a contemporary art museum, a multipurpose hall and a grand theater. The largest sculpture/structure is the theater, that has the project’s most dramatic and impressive form. Inside it, elevated platforms cross over a large atrium space and lead to a 1.800-seat performance hall. Across the plaza, visitors will be able to find the museum, a structure less fluid but equally interesting. The museum’s atrium, reminds us of Wright’s Guggenheim rotunda and takes the passer-by to a walk around the building’s core. To complete the ensemble, comes the multipurpose hall. A very smooth structure which in contrast to its neighbours  is lighter and slightly more graceful.

 

The firm, has not yet announced the timeline of the grandiose new project but we couldn’t be more excited about it! For now, we can just enjoy the amazing renderings and video that “Zaha Hadid Architects” have shared.