Four projects by ZHA shortlisted for ABB LEAF Awards 2020/2021

Four projects by Zaha Hadid Architects are shortlisted for the ABB LEAF Awards 2020/2021; Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre, Changsha for ‘ Best Arts & Culture Building Project’; Opus, Dubai for ‘Best Mixed Use Building Project’; Leeza SOHO, Beijing for ‘Best Tall Building Project’; Niederhafen River Promenade, Hamburg for ‘Best Urban Design Project’.

The ABB LEAF Awards has been running for over 18 years, with
all shortlisted entries and winning projects celebrated for their contribution
to the international architectural design industry.

The Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre’s
organic architectural language is defined by pedestrian routes that weave
through the site to connect with neighbouring streets. Providing views of the
adjacent Meixi Lake from the city and giving access to the parks and walking
trails on Festival Island, this ensemble of three separate institutions is the
largest cultural centre in Hunan province and connects directly with
its station on Line 2 of Changsha’s new Metro System.

Home to the new ME Dubai hotel, the Opus for Omniyat
was designed as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole—taking
the form of a cube. The cube has been ‘eroded’ in its centre, creating a
free-form void that is an important volume of the design in its own right. The
two halves of the building on either side of the void are linked by a
four-storey atrium at ground level and also connected by an asymmetric bridge
71 metres above the ground. The cube’s double-glazed insulating facades
incorporate a UV coating and a mirrored frit pattern to reduce solar gain,
while the void is created from 4,300 individual units of flat, single-curved or
double-curved glass. The high-efficiency glazing units are comprised of 8mm Low-E
glass (coated on the inside), a 16mm cavity between the panes and 2 layers of
6mm clear glass with a 1.52mm PVB resin laminate. During the day, the cube’s
facade reflects the sky, the sun and the surrounding city; whilst at night, the
void is illuminated by a dynamic light installation of individually
controllable LEDs within each glass panel. Furniture by Zaha Hadid
Design is installed throughout the hotel, and the hotel’s bedrooms
incorporate the ‘Vitae’ bathroom collection, designed by Hadid in 2015
for Porcelanosa, continuing her fluid architectural language throughout
the hotel’s interiors.

Leeza SOHO’s Beijing site is diagonally dissected by an
underground subway service tunnel at the intersection of five new lines
currently under construction on Beijing’s Subway network. Straddling this
tunnel, the tower’s design divides its volume into two halves enclosed by a
single facade. The space between these two halves extends the full height of
the tower, creating the world’s tallest atrium at 194m which rotates as the
tower rises to realign the upper floors with Lize road to the north.

The Niederhafen River Promenade in Hamburg by ZHA is
integral to the modernisation and reinforcement of the city’s flood protection
system and incorporates the city’s riverside walkway providing panoramic views
of the Elbe and its historic port, reconnecting its river promenade with the
surrounding urban fabric by 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.

ABB LEAF Awards website

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