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Zaha Hadid unveiled the design of the new Performing Arts Centre at a press conference in Abu Dhabi,UAE today. Hadid’s Performing Arts Centre concept, a 62 metre high building is proposing to house five theatres – a music hall, concert hall, opera house, drama theatre and a flexible theatre with a combined seating capacity for 6,300. The Centre may also house an Academy of Performing Arts. The Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre will be one of five major cultural institutions on the new 270- hectacre cultural district of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi for the Tourism Development and Investment Company of Abu Dhabi (TDIC). Zaha Hadid described the design of the Performing Arts Centre as “a sculptural form that emerges from a linear intersection of pedestrian paths within the cultural district, gradually developing into a growing organism that sprouts a network of successive branches. As it winds through the site, the architecture increases in complexity, building up height and depth and achieving multiple summits in the bodies housing the performance spaces, which spring from the structure like fruits on a vine and face westward, toward the water.”
“The Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre is a continuation of the long-standing relationship we have withthe Emirate. We are very honoured to be a part of the project,” states Hadid. “We’ve also been working in Abu Dhabi for many years, the Sheikh Zayed Bridge was a seminal project for the office and its construction is well underway”.
The Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre’s distinct formal language is derived from a set of typologies evident in organizational systems and growth in the natural world. These natural scenarios are formed by energy being supplied to enclosed systems, and the subsequent decrease in energy caused whenorganized structures develop in nature. The ‘energy’ of the Performing Arts Centre is symbolized by the predominant movements in the urban fabric along the central axis of the pedestrian corridor and the cultural centre’s seafront promenade – the site’s two intersecting primary elements. Growth-simulation processes have been used to develop spatial representations into a set of basic geometries and then superimposed with programmatic diagrams into a series of repeated cycles. The primary components of this biological analogy (branches, stems, fruits and leaves) are then transformed from these abstract diagrams into architectonic design. The building, with panoramic views to the sea and the skyline of Abu Dhabi, will be part of an inclining ensemble of institutions of the cultural district on Saadiyat Island that stretch from the Maritime Museum at its southern end to Contemporary Art Museum at the northern tip. Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre - Spatial Arrangement The central axis of Abu Dhabi’s cultural district is a pedestrian corridor that stretches from the Sheikh Zayed National Museum toward the sea. This axis interacts with the seafront promenade to generate a branching geometry where islands are formed, isolated, and translated into distinct bodies within the Performing Arts Centre to house the main concert halls. The proposed Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre contains five major performance halls. The Concert Hall is above the lower four theatres, allowing daylight into its interior and dramatic views of the sea and city skyline from the huge window behind the stage. Local lobbies for each theatre are orientated towards the sea to give visitors a constant visual contact with their surroundings. On the north side of the building, the restaurant offers a wide, shaded roof terrace, accessible through the adjacent Conference Centre above the Lyric Theatre. The Academy for Performing Arts is housed above the Experimental Theatre in the southern side of the Centre, whilst in the eastern ‘tail’ of the building, retail areas take advantage of pedestrian traffic using the bridge connecting the centre with the main pedestrian corridor of the Abu Dhabi cultural district on Saadiyat Island. Zaha Hadid consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Her work experiments with new spatial concepts and technologies, ranging widely from urban masterplanning to interiors and furniture. Her seminal built works: the Vitra Fire Station in Weilam- Rhein, Germany (1993); the Hoenheim Nord Terminus in Strasbourg (2001); the Bergisel Ski Jump in Innsbruck (2002); the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (2003); the BMW Central Building in Leipzig; the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg; the Hotel Puerta America interiors in Madrid; the Ordrupgaard Museum extension in Copenhagen (all 2005), and the Maggie’s Centre in Kirkcaldy, Scotland (2006).
“The Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre is a continuation of the long-standing relationship we have withthe Emirate. We are very honoured to be a part of the project,” states Hadid. “We’ve also been working in Abu Dhabi for many years, the Sheikh Zayed Bridge was a seminal project for the office and its construction is well underway”.Zaha Hadid unveiled the design of the new Performing Arts Centre at a press confere....
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