ZHA to design on a R36 billion site

Famous London-based Zaha Hadid Architects plans to build a 35-storey office tower on the most expensive site in the world in Hong Kong by 2022.  The highly-esteemed firm is working with Henderson Land Development for a prominent office building on a public parking lot site worth a massive g £2.2 billion (over R36-billion).

According to a spokesperson, the practice aims to build an iconic Grade A office building, targeting to be a ‘green, smart and healthy’ development, with the relevant highest international accreditations.

Star architect and founder, Zaha Hadid, died in 2016. She was described as the ‘Queen of curves’ and was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architect Prize. She was also the first and only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.



Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at London’s @ScienceMuseum honoured at International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Awards. The #IALD Awards recognise lighting projects that display high aesthetic achievement backed by technical expertise. Developed with @ArupGroup, the lighting design for the Winton Gallery captures and enhances its architectural vision, bringing advanced mathematical concepts to the everyday visitor experience. The team at Arup achieved this through the integration, exploration, and unexpected use of colours and lighting typologies. Bringing together the remarkable stories and historical artefacts that highlight the central role of mathematical practice in all our lives, the Winton Gallery has welcomed more than 2 million visitors since opening in Dec 2016. Mathematics defines the gallery’s design. Inspired by the 1929 Handley Page 'Gugnunc' aircraft at the centre of the gallery, the design is driven by equations of airflow used in the aviation industry. The layout and lines of the gallery represent the air that would have flowed around this historic aircraft in flight. “This pioneering project has vastly increased visitor numbers to the Mathematics Gallery and is an exemplar project in how architecture can be central to successful curatorial development. The project is finished to an exacting standard… the floating pod structure is precisely engineered,” explained the RIBA London Award citation in 2017. Curator Dr David Rooney said, “Mathematical practice underpins so many aspects of our lives and work. Bringing together these remarkable stories, people and exhibits in this new gallery is inspiring visitors to think about the role of mathematics in a new light.” The Sunday Times concurred, “An environment that fills you with wonder. I found myself uplifted by something pure, floaty and mysterious: the beauty of maths.” Brilliant photo by @hipster.grammer #Lighting #Mathematics #London #architecture #zahahadid #zahahadidarchitects @zhcode

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Port House in Antwerp named 'Best Refurbished Building' at #MIPIM Awards 2018. Following its commendation by the Architectural Review’s ‘New into Old’ awards in December 2017, Port House in Antwerp has been named ‘Best Refurbished Building’ at the MIPIM Awards 2018. Established in 1991, the MIPIM Awards are presented at the world's leading conference of property and real estate, recognising the most outstanding and accomplished projects across the globe. Port House repurposes, renovates and extends a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port, connecting the city with the vital activities of its port. With 12km of docks handling 26% of Europe’s container shipping, Antwerp is the continent’s second largest port with ambitious targets for future expansion to meet the Europe’s growth over the next century. Working with heritage consultants Origin, ZHA’s historic analysis of the fire station revealed its unrealised tower. Port House is a composition of a new volume that ‘floats’ above the old building, respecting each of the existing facades and completing the verticality of the original design’s unbuilt central tower. The new extension points towards the city, connecting Antwerp with the port on which it was founded. Surrounded by water, the new extension's façade is a glazed surface that ripples like waves and reflects the changing tones and colours of the city’s sky. This perception of a transparent volume, cut to give the new building its sparkling appearance, reinterprets Antwerp’s moniker as the city of diamonds. With constant references to the River Scheldt, the city of Antwerp and the dynamics of its port, married with the successful renovation and reuse of a redundant fire station–wholly integrating the old firehouse as part of the new headquarters–Port House will serve the port of Antwerp well through its planned expansion over future generations. Photo #HeleneBinet @MIPIMworld #MIPIMawards @PortOfAntwerp #porthouse #havenhuis #Antwerp #Belgium #architecture #zahahadid #zahahadidarchitects

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The Miami Symphony presents ‘The Poetry of Music and Design’ an homage to Zaha Hadid, at the Elastika installation within Miami’s Moore Building. Conductor: Eduardo Marturet. Sunday 25 Feb at 6pm. Tickets @MiamiSymphony / www.themiso.org An experimental architectural installation exploring connections, Elastika was installed in 2005 linking spaces and floors across the atrium of the Moore Building in @MiamiDesignDistrict. Defying changing levels and criss-crossing in mid-air, Elastika reaches across space as if the building’s constituent parts are attempting to resolve themselves into a single solid. The installation presents a microcosmic extrusion of the spatial ideas inherent within Zaha Hadid Architects’ work where form doesn’t follow only function but is drawn along by the narrative of the plan and flow of space. More Einsteinian than Cartesian, this is a fluid, flowing, four-dimensional world where space itself is transformed. Beautiful photo reposted from @pauloctavious #MiamiSymphony #atMDD #ZahaHadid #Miami #architecture

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