zaha hadid: elk grove civic centre design study zaha hadid: elk grove civic centre design study
apr 06, 2011

zaha hadid: elk grove civic centre design study

‘elk grove civic centre design study’ by zaha hadid architects in elk grove, california, usa image © zaha hadid architects

internationally-practicing architect zaha hadid has completed a design proposal for ‘the civic centre of the city of elk grove’, in california, USA, a fast-growing suburb of sacramento. the result of an international competition held in 2006, the project consists of two hubs – ‘urban’ and ‘sports’ – that are connected with a development housing all the civic elements of the program. the concept also includes a public plaza that serves as a focal point for the civic centre, providing an open space for interaction and exchange.

rendered view image © zaha hadid architects

located on a 76,000 m2 site, the design proposes to identify the three main components of the centre while maintaining maximum flexibility for future development. the civic programs include a library, children’s discovery centre, community and performance centres.; a hotel, retail and conference center make up the commercial aspect while the recreational component includes a gym, tournament fields, park and a wetland. by clustering the majority of the built urban program on the northern parcel of the site and the sports and recreational functions on the south, the commercial elements in between has the flexibility to be developed separately. this arrangement also facilitates a more economic sharing of services, maintenance and running costs.

aerial view image © zaha hadid architects

after a series of public meetings and consultations, the design and construction of the center is envisioned for a later phase under a separate bidding and competition process.

  • please let it remain a study

    dl says:
  • It’s amazing to me how architects now move through trends so much faster than they should. Mock her design, but if this was built I’m sure it would be an amazing place to experience. Armchair critics are the worst kind. When you have the opportunity to create the work that Hadid does, get back to me.

    Ronin says:
  • Meanwhile, in schools across the world, students dream to have the opportunities Hadid does.

    Ronin says:
  • If you build it they will come.

    Patricia says:
  • Hadid makes from architecture only an instrument. But architecture is phisophy of human´s habitat, I think.

    Jenik says:
  • What I see is imagination but ugliness. Someone must tell Hadid and her architects (because I cant believe she does all this wild imagination by her self) that except imagination and biomorphism there is also beauty and harmony in art. And if they copy nature they should copy those too. They must know intrinsicly (apparently they can’t) about the aesthetic divine laws of beauty which they have to do with proportions, golden section and measure. If you take a piece of human body design or a flower or a dolphin design and you twist it is what Hadid did with this piece of architecture. This is not complete Art cause there’s no measure, no laws, no classicist study, no gentleness, no meaning and no target. What’s its goal anyway? No goal – no soul. It’s an insult to human being. Someone tell them to read Plato, Pythagoras, the New Testament and so on.

    Kountouris Nikolaos says:
  • It doesn’t look very well thought out, it doesn’t use natural light very well, I think it will weather & date quickly.

    Jono says:
  • game over!

    eduardo mota says:

    Pupum pupum says:
  • who will see that ‘beautifull’ roof? what about pedestrian views?

    pibaba says:
  • contortionist at work? most people have said what i had to say… let design not be for design sake… let it have some use too… anyways too much ” on the face” design happening these days to comment on each…

    turtledezine says:
  • All of this criticism and I don’t see any mention of deconstructivism. Look it up and read some of the philosophy behind it.

    Ronin says:
  • Amazing what Rhino 3D can do

    Ekk says:
  • Open letter to all architects. Put down the pencil and pick up a shovel.

    jack says:
  • I think the form is very gracious. If the city is looking to expand on a tourist market this well definitely help!

    sara says:

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