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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Zaha Hadid’s Performing Arts Centre for Abu Dhabi

By: Dennis Lynch | February - 8 - 2011

Last week we featured the Foster + Partners design for the Zayed National Museum on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. This is Zaha Hadid‘s design for the Performing Arts Centre, one of three other major architectural projects that will be joining the Zayed National Museum on Saadiyat Island in the coming years.
To create perhaps the most elegant design on Saadiyat, Zaha Hadid applied a set of algorithmic patterns to a number of processes to create basic design schemes, which were further processed with scientifically designed plans and parameters. The almost methodical design process led to a remarkably biological and kinetic structure.
The exterior superstructure appears to slip out from the earth like a serpent, gliding westward to the seafront. The interior is equally organic biotic-like cavities that branch out in veins to each theatre. Zaha Hadid’s structural design with the flowing natural quality combines a modern 21st century design with what some say is the sort of movement and emotion of Art Nouveau to create a truly beautiful landmark on Saadiyat Island.
The 10 story tall structure will house five theatres, a dedicated music hall, opera house, concert hall, drama theatre, and a multi-use theatre that combine can house up to 6,300 patrons. The Centre grounds will also incorporate a significant amount of green space as well as a waterfront promenade. The Centre is slated to be completed within the next 5 years around the same time as the other Saadiyat Island Cultural District projects.

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