Three ZHA projects shortlisted for The Plan Award 2021

Three projects by Zaha Hadid Architects are shortlisted for
The Plan Awards 2021; Opus, Dubai in the ‘Mixed Use’ category; One Thousand
Museum, Miami in the ‘Housing’ category & Niederhafen River Promenade,
Hamburg in the ‘Public Space’ category.

The Plan Awards were established to promote discourse and
debate on global design and planning themes.

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.

One Thousand Museum’s 62-storey concrete exoskeleton – a web
of flowing lines integrating structural support with lateral bracing – reads
from top to bottom as one continuous frame. Columns at its base fan out as the
tower rises to meet at the corners, forming a rigid tube highly resistant to
Miami’s demanding wind loads; its curved supports creating hurricane resistant
diagonal bracketing. “The design expresses a fluidity that is both structural
and architectural,” explains project director Chris Lepine. “The structure gets
thicker and thinner as required, bringing a continuity between the architecture
and engineering.” The design incorporates GFRC form-work which remains in place
as construction progresses up the tower. This permanent concrete form-work also
provides the architectural finish that requires minimal maintenance. Behind the
exoskeleton, the faceted, crystal-like façade contrasts with the solidity of
the structure. With its frame at the perimeter, the tower’s interior floor
plates are almost column free; the exoskeleton’s curvature creating slightly
different plans on each floor. On the lower floors, terraces cantilever from
the corners, while on the upper floors, the terraces are incorporated behind
the structure.

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.

Readers can now vote for the Community Wish List
Special Prize.

for Opus here

for One Thousand Museum here

for Niederhafen River Promenade here

Source: zaha hadid

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