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Posts tagged as 'Zaha Hadid'

Thu 25.6.

Seville doesn´t want Hadid´s library

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 25.06.2009 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Seville University Library, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

Seville University Library, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

Residents are said to have disapproved of the loss of land surrounding the library including planting. Even though the 250 removed trees and 500 shrubs were transplanted elsewhere in an effort to ensure the trees were not wasted, a ruling has been made by the Andalusian high court against the continuation of works at Seville University Library – the site of Zaha Hadid’s dramatic 9,000 sq m building.

Despite the ruling, construction which is already underway, will continue: “Works continue at the construction site of the University of Seville Library,” said a spokesperson for Zaha Hadid. “Projects such as this library – offering a wide variety of civic, cultural, educational and research programmes – are vital for every community. As the university has outgrown its existing facilities, the new library is essential for the university’s development and reflective of its deep commitment to the future of Seville.

Public prompt ruling against Seville University Library design

Public prompt ruling against Seville University Library design

“The Government of Andalucía, the Seville City Council and the University of Seville will be appealing the ruling. All construction works continue as normal throughout the appeal process,” he added.

Seville University Library designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

Seville University Library designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

more info at World Architecture News

Burnham Pavilion by Ben van Berkel<

Burnham Pavilion by Ben van Berkel

“What we as a people decide to do in the public interest we can and surely will bring to pass”, this is a passage of the famous 1909 Burnham Plan, an innovative infrastructure plan for the at that time fast-growing city of Chicago.

London-based Zaha Hadid and Amsterdam-based Ben van Berkel of UNStudio have designed architectural exhibits to be installed in Millennium Park this summer to honor the forward-looking spirit of the Plan of Chicago. They want to emphasize the importance of boldly imagining a better future for all, as Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett did in 1909.

UNStudio principal architect Ben van Berkel says the design of the pavilion was influenced by a trip to Chicago as a teenager, where he observed the cantilevered ceiling and roof eaves of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. The two horizontal planes of the pavilion show this influence. The edges of the lower of the two planes – the pavilion’s floor – act as benches, inviting rest and interaction.

Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects

Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid´s pavilion is made of totally recyclable materials, and can be dismantled and reinstalled elsewhere after the Centennial. It is a tent-like structure made of aluminum and dressed in a tensile fabric. The aluminum ribs are deliberately expressed through the external skin.

The Pavilions will open to the public on June 19, 2009 in conjunction with a Grant Park Music Festival concert and will close on October 31, 2009.

Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid architects

Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid architects

to the Burnham Plan Centinnial website

Thu 28.5.

The Stone Towers by Zaha Hadid in Cairo

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 28.05.2009 - Tagged as: , ,

Stone Towers in Cairo by Zaha Hadid

Stone Towers in Cairo by Zaha Hadid

The London based Zaha Hadid Architects recently presented the plans for an office developement for the Rooya Group in Cairo.

The Stone Towers by Zaha Hadid Architects for Rooya Group of Egypt is located in the Stone Park district of Cairo. Providing office and retail facilities to a rapidly expanding Cairo, the unique 525,000sqm Stone Towers development also includes a five-star business hotel with serviced apartments, retail with food and beverage facilities and sunken landscaped gardens and plaza called the ‘Delta’.

Stone Tower by Zaha Hadid

Stone Tower by Zaha Hadid

“I am delighted to be working in Cairo,” states Hadid. “I have visited Egypt many times and I have always been fascinated by the mathematics and arts of the Arab world. In our office we have always researched the formal concepts of geometry – which relates a great deal to the region’s art traditions and sciences in terms of algebra, geometry and mathematics. This research has informed the design for Stone Towers.”


to the Zaha Hadid website

Fri 15.5.

Fire at Hadid Opera House

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 15.05.2009 - Tagged as: , ,

The Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid, Photos by Virgile Simon Bertrand

The Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid, Photos by Virgile Simon Bertrand

Guangzhou Opera House, currently under construction in China, was set ablaze on Saturday. The fire at the Zaha Hadid design overlooking the Pearl River is the second to hit significant modern buildings in China this year with OMA’s TVCC building devastated in February following a fireworks display.

The Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid, Photos by Virgile Simon Bertrand

The Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid, Photos by Virgile Simon Bertrand

The steel building frame of the building requires a significant amount of welding and it has been reported by local press that this is the suspected cause of the fire.

The Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid, Photos by Virgile Simon Bertrand

Photos by Virgile Simon Bertrand

more info at World Architecture News