#TBT: Leicester Square, London (detail), sectional perspective painting (design competition proposal, 1990). . The design re-invents Leicester Square as a public room on the surface of a new subterranean urbanism. . The proposal does not suggest filling the square with fountains or interventions, but instead, turns these structures upside down and sinks them into the ground; solid and transparent skyscrapers slicing downwards creating inhabited canyons flooded with light from above. . #architecture #urbanism #zahahadid #zahahadidarchitects .
The Niederhafen River Promenade in #Hamburg, Germany is integral to the modernisation and reinforcement of the city’s flood protection system. . In the aftermath of storm surge floods in February 1962 that caused 315 fatalities and destroyed the homes of 60,000 residents, between 1964 and 1968 Hamburg developed a barrier on the banks of the River Elbe at Niederhafen to protect the city against floods up to a height of 7.20m above sea level. . Modern hydrology and computer simulations have since forecast the city’s flooding characteristics with greater accuracy; calculating an increase in the barrier height was required to protect Hamburg from future winter storm surges and extreme high tides. . Inspections of Niederhafen’s flood barrier in 2006 determined that the existing structure needed significant reinforcement. Later that year, the city organised a competition to design the redeveloped barrier, awarding the project to ZHA. . The Niederhafen flood protection barrier incorporates the city’s riverside promenade providing panoramic views of the Elbe and its historic port. . With construction of all phases now complete, the redevelopment of Hamburg’s Niederhafen flood protection barrier reconnects its river promenade with the surrounding urban fabric of the city; creating links with adjacent neighbourhoods. . Wide staircases resembling small amphitheatres are carved within the flood protection barrier at points where streets from the adjacent neighbourhoods meet the structure; giving passers-by at street level views of the people strolling along the promenade at the top of the barrier and views of the masts & superstructures of ships in the Elbe. . Similar amphitheatres facing the river alternate with these city-facing stairs. Ramps also connect the river promenade with street level providing accessibility for all. . The promenade to the west is at a larger scale, offering views downstream of all shipping activity. To the east, the port’s marina creates a more intimate atmosphere with a long ramp alongside the amphitheatre leading visitors down to the water’s edge. . Stunning photos by @_piet_niemann. . #Hamburg #urbanism #zahahadid #zahahdidarchitects
#SundayStaircase – within the #LondonAquaticsCentre. Welcoming over a million visitors a year and teaching 4,000 children to swim each week, the Aquatics Cente also hosts 50 local schools for their swimming lessons; enabling thousands more children to learn to swim every month in its two adjustable-depth 50-metre pools and diving pool. . Designed as a wave on its riverside site, the centre hosted the aquatics events of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games; temporary stands either side of the pools giving a spectator capacity of 17,000. After the 2012 Games, these stands were removed to significantly decrease the building’s volume and the centre converted to community use with its spectator seating reduced to 2,000 - optimal capacity for UK national competitions. . Ground granulated blast-furnace slag (GGBS), a waste by-product of the steel industry, substituted up to 70% of the cement used to build the centre, with over 80% of its aggregates from recycled sources. . At the Aquatics Centre’s 2014 opening for use by the public, the @Guardian explained: “The most jaw-dropping municipal swimming pool in the world. From the curved wall of grass that encloses the lower levels to the swooping wave of a roof, this organic-looking structure beckons you in… But it is not until you reach the cathedral-like interior of the main pool hall that you realise the extraordinary skill of the architect. Anyone can now swim in it for around the same entrance fee as other local baths. It is a great legacy of the Olympics.” . Great photos by @HuftonAndCrow & @LukeHayes_UK . #London #UK #architecture #zahahadid #zahahadidarchitects .
ICYMI: NürnbergMesse Hall 3C has been awarded platinum certification by the German Society for Sustainable Building (DGNB). . #NürnbergMesse Group is one of the world’s largest exhibition companies with a portfolio of over 120 national and international events that include 35,000 exhibitors and up to 1.5 million visitors a year. . DGNB auditors reviewed the hall’s ecological, social and economic aspects, awarding Hall 3C a total compliance score of 90.5%. According to DGNB, NürnbergMesse Halls 3A and 3C by Zaha Hadid Architects surpass the sustainability standards of all other exhibition halls worldwide. . Opened last year, Hall 3C includes two glazed walls that flood the building with natural light while LED lamps illuminate the hall in the evening. The hall also incorporates construction materials with very low emissions and SVHC concentrations, FSC and PEFC certified timber and halogen-free content. . Hall 3C’s highly efficient heat recovery system with rotary heat exchangers achieve energy savings of approximately 80%. Combined with its high quality envelope and advanced building management technology that continually optimises energy consumption, the hall beats current German Energy Saving Regulations by 75%. . The design of the new Hall 3C connects the different structural grids of existing buildings at NürnbergMesse: the hexagonal grid of the original halls dating from the 1970’s and the rectangular halls at Grosse Strasse. This connectivity is expressed within the roof structure of the new Hall 3C and the existing Hall 3A (completed 2014). . This roof structure is comprised of linear triangular trusses. At the halfway point of each truss, its lower beam divides and connects diagonally to the lower beam of the adjacent truss. Louvers connecting the upper and lower beams of each truss continue the dynamic geometries of this division. On the south façade, this arrangement within the roof structure is turned vertically to create a colonnade of tree-shaped columns which support the canopy and provide solar shading. . Photos: NürnbergMesse Halls 3A & 3C by #HeikoStahl . #Nürnberg #Germany #architecture #zahahadid #zahahadidarchitects .
LOOP Immersive Sound Lounge by @ZHVRGroup for @LATheBestSound’s division @L.Acoustics.Creations. . L-Acoustics is the global leader in premium audio, collaborating with the world’s most renowned performing arts centres and music venues. . L-Acoustics Creations – a division within the company – is developing sound technologies with an unrivalled sonic signature and advanced Immersive Hyperreal Sound for residential, cultural and experiential spaces. . Originally created for professional venues, L-Acoustics’ audio solutions have been reconfigured as the Island, a personal auditorium with a multichannel platform. . The Island’s signature edition – LOOP – is the first collaboration between L-Acoustics Creations and Zaha Hadid Virtual Reality Group. . LOOP marries the highest resolution audio of L-Acoustics’ Immersive Sound Art (L-ISA) with ZHA’s signature design language. . Concealed beneath LOOP’s fluid exterior is an array of cutting-edge hardware and software. L-ISA Bubbles technology goes back to the fundamentals of musical reproduction by ensuring playback fully restores the richly layered, multidimensional characteristics of contemporary professional recording. Encoded in the proprietary Blu 23.1 format, BluBubbles delivers a powerful concert-level experience within a personal environment. . Listening to faultless audio of unprecedented clarity, dynamics and realism via 24 independent channels, LOOP enables users to experience sound from the perspective of the artist or to be become totally immersed in the most realistic audio while watching a movie. . ZHVR has drawn inspiration from natural forms and contemporary engineering to define LOOP’s curvilinear geometries which seamlessly incorporate L-Acoustics` technology. Available in a variety finishes ranging from hand-crafted wood to carbon fibre, LOOP’s detailing and materials provide optimal acoustic performance. . A ZHVR pilot project, LOOP’s design process involved VR workflow developed by the group; from initial sketches using immersive modelling software to mixed reality simulations allowing evaluation of the design’s ergonomics and materiality.
@OneThousandMuseum in Miami receives Excellence in Structural Engineering (EiSE) 2019 Award. . The EiSE Awards program recognises the innovative projects completed by structural engineering firms based in New York City. . Working with DeSimone Consulting Engineers @desimoneengineers, Zaha Hadid Architects designed One Thousand Museum’s 62-storey (216m/709ft) tower to incorporate an external structure that brings a continuity between its engineering and architecture, defining generous living areas uninterrupted by internal columns with fantastic views over Biscayne Bay. . Adjacent to Miami’s waterside Museum Park, One Thousand Museum recently received its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy from the city - marking another milestone towards officially welcoming its residents. . Photo by Alëna Graff (@ifilm.miami) . #Miami #Florida #USA #architecture #engineering #zahahadid #zahahadidarchitects
#SundayStaircase - within Vitra Fire Station by photographer Hélène Binet (@Binet.Helene); part of her seminal 1993 set of photographs documenting the recently completed building. . Vitra commissioned the station after a fire destroyed their factory in 1981. When the local civic fire service was upgraded in the late 1990’s, this fire station within @Vitra’s campus was no longer required and the building repurposed as a popular event space; most recently hosting an exhibition by @VirgilAbloh envisioning a 2035 home with works from Vitra’s archive. . Hélène Binet began her relationship with ZHA in 1993 photographing the Vitra Fire Station, ZHA’s first completed building, and continues to the present day with powerful images of the firm’s most renowned projects. . Earlier this year Binet was awarded the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize 2019 by @TheArchitecturalReview / @ArchitectsJournal. The award recognises women working in the wider industry who have made a significant contribution to architecture and the built environment. . Architects Journal’s editor Emily Booth said: ‘For nearly three decades, Hélène Binet’s photography has influenced and shaped how we understand architecture. Her keen eye, sensitivity to form and ability to capture the spirit and materiality of a building have contributed so much to the culture of architecture.’ . #Vitra #Germany #architecture #zahahadid #zahahadidarchitects
#TBT: BMW Central Building, Leipzig opened in 2005 and mirrors the company’s commitment to the integration of all staff by creating a wholly connected working environment. Serving as the logistical hub in-between the plant’s three production buildings, the Central Building is the nerve-centre of the factory. While traveling between different stages of manufacture, the half-finished cars move along tracks within the administration areas for all to see. This integration of administrative and production functions avoids the traditional segregation into status groups of blue and white collar workers that is no longer conducive to a modern workplace – facilitating increased communication and research collaboration. The exclusive domains for separate departments have been eradicated in favour of a fluid, transparent organization, encouraging the teams to explore many innovative new design and production systems. Wholly integrated working networks are the foundation of BMW Leipzig’s design which has become one of the world’s most efficient and sustainable car plants. From their 27 car plants worldwide, BMW selected the Leipzig plant to develop new systems and processes required for the production of their new electric i3 and hybrid i8 models. Photos by #RolandHalbe, @Binet.Helene, #WernerHuthmacher. #BMW #Leipzig #Germany #architecture #zahahadid #zahahadidarchitects
ICYMI: #SheikhZayedBridge in Abu Dhabi listed as one of the world’s most beautiful bridges by @ArchDigest Magazine. . Sheikh Zayed Bridge was opened by HH Sheikh Khalifa, President of the UAE, in 2010 as an essential link between Abu Dhabi, its new international airport, Dubai and the rest of the UAE. . Initially planned with only two lanes of traffic in each direction, the UAE’s rapid expansion required the bridge's 842 metre design to be revised during its construction to accommodate 8 carriageways, pedestrian walkways and emergency lane. . The bridge’s design evolved from the concept of strands of structure gathered on the mainland and ‘propelled’ across the channel to Abu Dhabi Island, creating the bridge’s dynamic sinusoidal silhouette. Steel road decks are cantilevered on each side of bridge’s structural central spine 20 metres above the water’s surface. . The steel arches rise asymmetrically from concrete piers between the road decks to mark the main navigation channels below. The bridge’s central spine divides as it nears Abu Dhabi island, diving below the road decks to the emerge on either side of the bridge just before reaching the island. . Photos by @huftonandcrow of the bridge's sculpted concrete piers and underside of its steel road decks. . #AbuDhabi #UAE #bridge #engineering #architecture #zahahadid #zahahadidarchitects