Four highly-anticipated Zaha Hadid projects to be completed in 2016

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Dame Zaha Hadid passed away suddenly at the end of March 2016, leaving behind a legacy of revolutionary buildings and design throughout the globe.

With an acclaimed portfolio of completed works, the architecture firm still has a remaining 36 projects in 21 countries that are either under construction or in development.

Four of these schemes are planned to be completed this year. Here we revisit those four projects, one of which includes the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre in Riyadh, KSA.

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Port House in Antwerp, Belgium

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Hadid’s new port house in Antwerp, being Europe’s second largest shipping port, preserves and presupposes an abandoned 95-year old fire station into a new headquarters for the port. The HQ will house the port’s 500 staff capacity under one roof with views over the port’s docks and berths.

Strategically located between the city and the harbour, the port house offers  views over both the centre as well as the port. Covered in a glass facade – both transparent and reflective – the project references Antwerp’s diamond trade.

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KASPARC)  in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 

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Forming the headquarters of KASPARC, the modular structure houses an organic scheme where expansions to the building grow and multiply like cells without compromising its aesthetic integrity.

The building is composed of a network of 3D six-sided cells, based on the concept of connectivity, rising above the desert landscape and emerging as a cluster of crystalline forms which evolve in response to environmental conditions.

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The exterior appears as a shell-like façade that conceals the interiors including sheltered courtyards that draw natural sunlight into the centre of the scheme, allowing a gradual temperature transition between outdoor and indoor.

The conference centre will house a large multipurpose hall and a variety of smaller halls and meeting rooms. The scheme for the building is headed to achieve LEED platinum certification.

Terminal building in Salerno, Italy

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Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

Set to be inaugurated later this month, Hadid’s new terminal has been designed to enable regional, national and international ferries and cruise ships from across the globe to dock in Salerno, allowing passengers to visit the towns and villages of the Amalfi Coast.

Shaped like an oyster, the building aims to steer passengers from the ground level to the upper deck boarding points. By night, the terminal takes on a radiant glow and appears as a lighthouse for the historic port city.

Mathematics Galley at London’s Science Museum, UK 

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Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

The new mathematics gallery at the London Science Museum will explore how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the world from the turn of the 17th century to the present and the museum said the choice was made as Hadid’s practice has embodied this idea by anchoring engineering and mathematical thinking throughout its designs.

Hadid, who studied maths at the American University in Beirut, said: “The design explores the many influences of mathematics in our everyday live – transforming seemingly abstract mathematical concepts into an exciting interactive experience for visitors of all ages.”

 

 

 

 

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