zaha hadid: changsha meixihu international culture and art center zaha hadid: changsha meixihu international culture and art center
mar 06, 2013

zaha hadid: changsha meixihu international culture and art center

‘changsha meixihu international culture and art center’ by zaha hadid, changsha, hunan, chinaimage © zaha hadid architects

 

 

the capital of the south central chinese province of hunan is in the midst of incredible population growth and rapid urban development. at the center of a stimulus worth 130 billion USD is the idyllic meixihu lake, now primed for an ambitious set of cultural projects. zaha hadid‘s winning design for the ‘changsha meixihu international culture and art center’ broke ground in october after distinguishing itself as a composition of serpentine curves forming a complex that contains a contemporary art museum, a multipurpose hall, a hotel, and various ancillary facilities. the central plaza emphasizes the pedestrian urban experience by helping to create incidental meeting areas and generating cultural capital in form of a sculpture garden and expansive exhibition space. views of the lake are framed by the museum’s three-petal form, unfurling around a central atrium. outward views are afforded by ribbons of glazing and balconies that serve the dual purpose of admitting daylight into the galleries. the multipurpose hall is a pointedly variable space, with public access to retail areas and restaurants nestled in a sunken courtyard. the focal point of the plan comes by way of the grand theater, slated to be the largest performance venue in the city with an 1800 seat capacity. new zealand-based acoustic engineers at marshall day wona december bid to optimize sound performance in the central auditorium. the three major programs,while discrete buildings, are linked by sinuous passageways, curved white planes and an architecture of baroque intonations.

 

 

flythrough of the complex

video © zaha hadid architects

 

 

the buildings seek to be a global destination image © zaha hadid architects

 

 

each building, while separate, is joined by color, greenery and dramatic shape image © zaha hadid architects

 

 

the museum is one of the ‘nodes’ in the cultural megaplex image © zaha hadid architects

 

 

strata of glazing and built material curve together to join the space image © zaha hadid architects

 

 

elevated walkways and balconies distinguish the art experience image © zaha hadid architects

 

 

an interior view of the three-petaled museum image © zaha hadid architects

 

project info:

 

architect: zaha hadid architectsdesign:zaha hadid, patrik schumacherproject director:woody yao, simon yuproject team:zhenjiang guo, charles kwan, jinqi huang, neil sansom, pravin ghosh, thomas jensen, justin kelly, wandy mulia, uli schifferdecker, adrian aguirre herrera, aurora santana, koren sin, johanna huang, yifan zhang, collin spelts, fei liang, adam fingrut, yitzhak samunschematic design:zhenjiang guo, charles kwan , jinqi huangmuseum design:tariq khayyat, kutbuddin nadiadi, diego rossel, gerry cruz, matteo melioli, xiaosheng li, yuxi fu, thomas jensen, matthew johnson, justin kelly, drew merklecompetition team project architect:tiago correiacompetition team:victor orive, fabiano continanza, zhenjiang guo, danilo arsic, ines fontoura, rafael gonzález, alejandro díaz, jimena araizaconcept development:hannes schafelner, philipp ostermaier, jakub klaska, maren klasing, saman saffarian, martin krcha, maria tsironi, spyridon kaprinisstructural, facade & building services engineering (competition):buro happoldtheatre consultants (competition):theatre projects consultantsacoustics consultants (competition): marshall day acoustics

  • With its collections of arbitrary sculptural forms arranged along a waterfront, this is rapidly turning into Hadid’s equivalent of Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. Though Calatrava’s could be said to have more structural rationale – This is really design-by-playing-with-digital-plasticine gone mad.

    Looks like the culture of the ‘doodling in virtual concrete, then finding an autocratic regime to build it’ is still alive and well, even as the economic downturn rumbles on in Europe. China has supplanted the Middle East as the playground of choice for starchitects wanting to let it all hang out.

    I’m sure Flash Gordon is applying for a Chinese visa as we speak.

    TheCat says:
  • this is good enough as tom and jerry

    sanjay patwa says:
  • Kitschy. Kaleidoscope. O’keefeesque suppressed sexual intonations.

    nelsondreyes architect says:
  • I actually really like the curve and shape of these buildings.. I think the “flower” shape is very pretty. I am not a designer or an architect, just a regular Chinese person. 😉

    Jojo says:
  • As long as it is round curvaceous and flowing cloud like schemes, love it,don’t like geo-piercing like the Denver Museum.Thx.

    Oscar Lobetti Bodoni (pere) says:
  • Stunning and fun.
    Where does the art go?

    Ron Smith says:
  • Form is great, but the landscape architecture is STARK. For this concept to really feel more than just a bunch of token buildings they should adhere to the surrounding landscape and acknowledge the spaces outside the buildings.

    Kameron says:

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