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Two projects by ZHA win Green Building Awards 2021

Two projects by Zaha Hadid Architects located in Hong Kong, China, have won the 2021 Green Building Awards: The Henderson in the ‘Commercial projects under construction’ category and the Jockey Club i-Village in the ‘Residential projects under construction category’

The biennial Green Building Award 2021 (GBA 2021), is co-organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) and the Professional Green Building Council (PGBC) and award aims to recognise building-related projects and organisations with outstanding performance and contributions to sustainable built environment while advocates wider adoption of green building practices throughout a building’s life-cycle.

Replacing a multi-storey car park, The Henderson at 2 Murray Road’s design creates an urban oasis adjacent to Chater Garden between Central and Admiralty MTR stations. Sheltering new civic plazas enveloped by nature, the 36-storey design reinterprets the structural forms and layering of a Bauhinia bud about to blossom. Known as the Hong Kong orchid tree, the ‘Bauhinia x blakeana’ was first propagated in the city’s botanic gardens above the Murray Road site and its flowering bud features on Hong Kong’s flag.

A high-tensile steel structure provides naturally lit, column-free, Grade A office space with a 5 metre floor-to-floor height giving maximum flexibility and views of the city.

Accommodating new patterns of working with enhanced workplace flexibility, the building’s smart management system creates a contactless pathway for all occupants from the street to their workstation. The tower’s Sky Garden is an outdoor recreational space with running track and an aquaponics planting network that acts as an effective biological air-purifying filter by consuming contaminants. The rooftop banqueting hall offers panoramic views of the city’s skyline.

The design has achieved LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum pre-certification together with the highest 3-Star rating of China’s Green Building Rating Program. Construction of the tower began in 2019 with its procurement targeting embodied carbon reductions and the use of recycled materials.

The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology’s new halls of residence, Jockey Club i-Village are designed by ZHA in collaboration with Leigh & Orange. Combining advanced digital design with sustainable construction practices and operational strategies for its 50-year life cycle, the design is guided by the university’s mission to harness technology and innovation to solve today’s critical global issues.

In the southeast of the campus, the new halls of residence are embedded within a steeply sloping site, its roof being the primary circulation that incorporates shaded outdoor areas for students & staff to gather together. This rooftop walkway creates a new connection between the academic blocks of the north campus and the residential blocks to the south, eliminating the need to circumnavigate hilly terrain.

Digital design tools allowing simultaneous considerations of site parameters including terrain levels, solar radiation, sightlines and soil conditions have defined the design’s optimal configuration and orientation. The halls’ environmental systems are integrated within the university’s centralised network using seawater-cooled chilling in a district cooling system that reduces energy consumption and offsets daytime energy demand in the academic buildings with evening demand in the residential. Photovoltaic arrays will harvest renewable energy to meet the university’s commitment to transform its campus to carbon-neutral operations.

Green Building Awards 2021

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Zaha Hadid Architects at Venice Studio 2022

Venice Studio, supported by the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne, is an open global collaboration of architects and students working together on concept designs for Venice, Italy.

(Pictured above: Concept vision created by students for ZHA Venice Studio Melbourne that was held in January 2022.)

This two-week design studio programme asks students to consider the complexities of the historic city and its architecture in the contemporary age of cultural tourism. Considering the acute convergence of heritage, environment, mass tourism, and aesthetics to evaluate the adjacency of history and contemporary design culture, students respond to a brief designed by the respective office leading each studio. Students, accompanied by their studio directors, embark on multiple excursions out into the city and, in some cases beyond, to the Italian mainland for experiences outside the confines of the classroom and project site

Michele Pasca di Magliano, Maria Tsironi and Othmane Kandri leads Zaha Hadid Architects’ Venice Studio, that takes place in Venice from the 4-15 July 2022.

The program is open to architecture and urbanism students worldwide enabling opportunities to work together, forge new professional friendships around the globe and work closely with experienced architects and urbanists from celebrated international practices on the development of design projects for sites in Venice.

The open call for student applications is now open until the 1st May 2022. Find out more and apply via link below.

Zaha Hadid Architects Venice Studio 2022

Venice Studio

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Infinitus Plaza wins WA Awards

Infinitus Plaza in Guangzhou has been named jury winner and ‘People’s Choice’ of the 2022 World Architecture Community (WA) Award. Now in their 40th cycle, the World Architecture Community Awards recognise remarkable projects that inspire contemporary architectural discourse.

Infinitus Plaza is the new global headquarters of Infinitus China. Incorporating work environments designed to nurture connectivity, creativity and entrepreneurship, the new headquarters also includes the group’s herbal medicine research facilities and safety assessment labs as well as a learning centre for conferences and exhibitions.

Anchoring Guangzhou’s new Baiyun Central Business District as a national centre for China’s health and wellness industries, Infinitus China’s new headquarters combines innovative design and construction technologies with proven sustainability strategies to create spaces that unite all departments and enhance communication throughout the group.

WA Awards

Photo by Liang Xue

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Eleftheria Square finalist for AZ Awards 2022

Eleftheria Square in Nicosia, Cyprus, has been selected finalist for the AZ Awards 2022, in the ‘Urban Design Interventions’ category.

Launched in 2011 by AZURE magazine, the AZ Awards recognises excellence and innovation in design, and showcases the world’s best projects, products and ideas.

Establishing Eleftheria Square as the city’s main gathering space, ZHA’s design creates new connections intended to unite a divided capital. Nicosia’s massive Venetian fortifications separate the old city from its modern districts, while the city’s ‘Green Line’ divides the capital into two disparate communities.

Eleftheria Square is adjacent to the city’s Venetian Walls and the dry moat that encircles Nicosia. Constructed in the Middle Ages and extensively rebuilt by the Venetians in the 16th century, these substantial defensive walls define the boundary of the oldest part of the capital, dividing the ancient city from the new districts outside the walls.

ZHA envisioned Eleftheira Square as the initial phase of a larger urban plan that could be a catalyst for the reunification of the capital. The design ensures unobstructed views of the Venetian Walls, establishing these fortifications as an integral part of Nicosia’s identity, while also transforming previously inaccessible areas of the moat with new civic plazas and gardens. ZHA proposes these new public spaces within the moat are extended to follow the ancient city walls and encircle Nicosia, reconnecting communities of this divided capital.

The upper level bridge meets the surrounding streetscape, connecting with the city’s urban fabric and defining a new public square in the heart of the capital. The bridge and its supporting columns are crafted in concrete, their sculptural forms ensure structural integrity in this seismic region while the base of each column morphs into seating. The renovation of the square involved extensive archaeological excavations together with works to repair protect the historic Venetian Walls. New stairs and elevators directly connect with the bus terminal in Solomos Square.

AZ awards People’s Choice portal is now open, inviting the public to vote for their favourite project. Voting ends on 20 May 2020 and the winners will be revealed online in an exclusive showcase on 24 June 2022.

Vote for Eleftheria Square through the AZ People’s Choice Portal here

Photograph by K-Arkatites

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Generali Tower inaugurated 3 years ago

Generali Tower in Milan was inaugurated 3 years ago in April 2019.

Generali Tower is within CityLife, the largest new civic space and public park to open in the city since Parco Sempione opened 130 years ago.

Located above the Tre Torri station of Milan’s metro system and aligned at ground level with three of the city’s primary axes that converge within CityLife, the 170m tower by Zaha Hadid Architects connects with its surrounding public piazzas and park; the curvilinear geometries of its podium defined by the perceived centripetal forces generated from the staggered intersection of these three city axes.

This vortex of centripetal forces at ground level is transferred vertically through the tower by realigning successive rhomboid-shaped floor plates to twist the tower about its vertical axis. This helical twist reduces incrementally with the height of each floor above street level, giving all floors a fractionally different relationship to the floors above and below.

As the tower rises offering broader views across Milan, the twist orientates the tower’s higher floors to the primary southeast axis leading to Bramante’s 15th Century tribune of Santa Maria della Grazie.

Generali Tower achieved its LEED Platinum certification by implementing strategies that include:
– over 45% savings in indoor potable water usage.
– 100% energy supply with green power.
– With its double facade system, more than 95% of regularly occupied spaces in the building enjoy good daylighting levels throughout the year and panoramic views of Milan and the Alps beyond.

Photograph by Luke Hayes

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Striatus shortlisted for AJ100 Innovation of the Year

Striatus, an arched 3D-concrete-printed masonry footbridge, has been shortlisted for the AJ100 Innovation of the Year awards organised by the Architects’ Journal. Rewarding innovations that has transformed an aspect of an AJ100 practice’s work, the Innovation of the Year winner will be announced at the annual AJ100 awards ceremony on 22 June 2022.

Striatus was also named jury winner as well as People Choice winner of the World Architecture Community (WA) Awards 2022.  Now in their 40th cycle, the World Architecture Community Awards recognise remarkable projects that inspire contemporary architectural discourse.

Striatus is an arched masonry footbridge composed of 3D-printed concrete blocks assembled without mortar or reinforcement, developed by the Block Research Group (BRG) at ETH Zurich and Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design Group (ZHACODE), in collaboration with incremental3D (in3D) and made possible by Holcim.

The 16 x 12 metre footbridge is the first of its kind, combining traditional techniques of master builders with advanced computational design, engineering and robotic manufacturing technologies. Proposing a new language for concrete that is structurally informed, fabrication aware, ecologically responsible and precisely placed to build more with less, Striatus optimises the properties of masonry structures, 3D concrete printing (3DCP) and contemporary design; presenting an alternative to traditional concrete construction.

The name “Striatus” reflects its structural logic and fabrication process. Concrete is precisely printed in layers orthogonal to the main structural forces to create a “striated” compression-only structure that requires no mortar or reinforcement. Using a special concrete ink developed by Holcim, this method of 3D concrete printing combines the principles of traditional vaulted construction with digital concrete fabrication to use material only where it is structurally necessary and eliminate waste. As the construction does not need mortar, the blocks can be dismantled, and the bridge reassembled at different location. If the construction is no longer needed, the materials can simply be separated and recycled.

Photograph by Naaro

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A conversation on designing football stadiums at London’s Design Museum

Join Jim Heverin, Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, this Tuesday for a conversation on designing football stadiums at the Design Museum in London.

Project director for the Al Janoub Stadium, the first new venue commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Jim currently leads the team on the world’s first eco-stadium.

When completed, Eco Park Stadium will become the new home of Forest Green Rovers Football Club with important new facilities for its local community. With the team’s community and supporters at its core, fans will be as close as five meters from the pitch. The stadium’s continuous spectator bowl will maximise matchday atmosphere and incorporates the club’s future growth.

Establishing a holistic vision for the site, Eco Park Stadium will embody low carbon construction methods and operational processes and will be the first all wood football stadium – with almost every element made of sustainably sourced timber. As a building material, laminated timber is highly durable, safe and recyclable.

Forest Green Rovers’ Eco Park Stadium aims to be carbon neutral (or even carbon negative with the provision of on-site renewable energy generation) – demonstrating sustainable architecture can be dynamic and beautiful.

The evening panel discussion will take place between 18.30 – 20.00 on the 26th of April and Jim will be joined by Christopher Lee, Director of Populous and part of the team behind the RIBA 2021 award-winning redesign of Tottenham Hostpur and lecturer Jacqui McAssey, Founder of Girlfans zine.

Find out more and book tickets via link below:

Panel discussion: Contemporary Cathedrals: Designing Football Stadiums

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Forest Green Rovers Eco Park Stadium exhibited at the Design Museum in London

The Forest Green Rovers Eco Park Stadium is currently showcased at the Design Museum in London, as part of the ‘Football: Designing the Beautiful Game’ exhibition.

The exhibition, produced in partnership with the National Football Museum in Manchester, is the first major exhibition that explores the story behind football and unpicks how design has been used to push the game to new limits. Now opened until the 29 August 2022, the exhibitions offer a journey through more than 500 objects, films and interviews and provides a rare insight into the people and processes that have made football what it is today.

When completed, Eco Park Stadium will become the new home of Forest Green Rovers Football Club with important new facilities for its local community.

Forest Green Rovers have established a holistic vision for the site whilst adding new facilities for the town.

Embodying low carbon construction methods and operational processes, it will be the first all wood football stadium with almost every element made of sustainably sourced timber.

As a building material, laminated timber is highly durable, safe and will minimize the structure’s embodied carbon. The stadium’s roof is covered with a transparent membrane, which contributes to turf growth, minimises stark shadows for players and fans and reduces the volumetric impact of the stadium from distant views in the surrounding countryside.

With the team’s community and supporters at its core, fans will be exceptionally close to the pitch and the position of every seat has been calculated to provide excellent, unrestricted views of the entire field of play. The stadium’s continuous spectator bowl surrounding the pitch will maximise match day atmosphere.

The stadium’s design incorporates the club’s future growth. Initially for 5,000 spectators, increasing to 10,000 with the club’s success, expansion from phase 1 to phase 2 can be achieved without the costs of major construction works.

Forest Green Rovers’ new stadium aims to be carbon neutral or carbon negative, with the provision of on-site renewable energy generation – demonstrating sustainable architecture can be dynamic and beautiful.

The Design Museum, London

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PUBG MOBILE x Zaha Hadid Architects: Behind The Scenes

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and PUBG MOBILE present a new video detailing their collaboration.

The partnership with PUBG MOBILE has evolved from ZHA’s ongoing research in to user-experience (UX) focussed design, new technologies of spatial design, novel media of spatial experience, and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Reflecting ZHA’s long-standing interest in the spatial web, cyberspaces and more recently, the metaverse, working with PUBG MOBILE has reinforced the architects’ commitment to advancing the collaborative, designer-friendly, spatial UX-focussed parametric design technologies explored by ZHA’s Computation and Design research group (ZHA CODE) over the past two decades;  learning from game-development, computer graphics professions and virtual production pipelines that share deep synergies with the development of our architecture and urbanism.

The medical centre is incorporated within the unranked mode of PUBG MOBILE’s Erangel map. ZHA’s spatial designs for the medical centre consider user experience, interaction and navigational aspects that are adapted to game play and first person gaming scenarios. The virtual architecture is designed as three interlocking buildings that each relate to possible disciplines within a hospital of the future: robotic surgery, anti-ageing/longevity research, recuperation, and preventative diagnostic medicine. The furniture has been designed in accordance with these themes. One of the medical centre’s key design features is its central open atrium which provides players with a clear understanding of how to navigate the building.

Watch the video : PUBG MOBILE x Zaha Hadid Architects | Behind The Scenes

Medical Center for PUBG MOBILE,
designed by Zaha Hadid Architects,
developed by LightSpeed & Quantum, Tencent Games, KRAFTON
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BEEAH Group Officially Opens Ground-breaking New Headquarters, Unveiling the ‘Office of the Future’

Designed by Zaha Hadid and the team at Zaha Hadid Architects to be integrated with next generation technologies, the building is set to realise net-zero emissions and achieve a new standard for employee convenience and collaboration

Sharjah, UAE (March 31, 2022): The BEEAH Headquarters in Sharjah, UAE, was opened on Wednesday, March 30 by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and UAE Supreme Council Member, setting a new benchmark for future workplaces.

Powered by its solar array and equipped with next-generation technologies, the new headquarters has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to achieve net-zero emissions and will be the group’s management and administrative centre.

With their twin-pillared strategy of sustainability and digitalisation, BEEAH Group works across six key industries that include waste management and recycling, clean energy, environmental consulting, education and green mobility.

The new headquarters is the latest achievement for BEEAH as it continues to pioneer new innovations for Sharjah, reaffirming its position as sustainability capital of the Middle East. Additionally, the Headquarters serves as a base of operations for BEEAH to strengthen its existing businesses, diversify into new, future-critical industries and expand its presence in the UAE, across the Middle East and globally. Through the Headquarters, BEEAH Group is demonstrating how technology can scale sustainable impact, ultimately serving as a blueprint for tomorrow’s smart, sustainable cities.

Embodying these principles and embedded within its context of Sharjah’s Al Sajaa desert, ZHA’s design responds to its environment as a series of interconnecting ‘dunes’ orientated and shaped to optimize local climatic conditions; echoing the surrounding landscape of sand dunes shaped by prevailing winds into concave dunes and ridges that become convex when they intersect.

The design ensures all internal spaces are provided with ample daylight and views while limiting the quantity of glazing exposed to the harsh sun. Its two primary ‘dunes’ house the public and management departments together with the administrative zone that interconnect via a central courtyard, defining an oasis within the building which is integral to its natural ventilation strategy.

Visitors enter beneath the 15-metre high dome which further enhances natural ventilation and allows passive daylight to enter the building. In addition to the central courtyard and open-plan office, the headquarters incorporates smart meeting rooms, an immersive visitors centre and a state-of-the art auditorium,.

The BEEAH Headquarters has sustainability at its core with a high percentage of locally procured materials and is equipped with future-ready technologies to enable operations at LEED Platinum standards with net-zero emissions and minimal energy consumption.

Glass reinforced fibre panels reduce solar gain while slab and glass cooling regulate interior temperatures for optimum comfort. On-site water treatment filtrates waste water to minimise consumption and its solar farm charges Tesla battery packs to meet the building’s energy demand throughout each day and night.

The employee experience includes contactless pathways, a virtual concierge, smart meeting rooms and a companion app that automates day-to-day tasks. The building’s smart management system automatically adjusts lighting and temperature depending on occupancy and time of day. The rooms are also equipped for remote and hybrid work scenarios with powerful collaboration tools.

A manifestation of their twin-pillared strategy of sustainability and digitalisation, the new headquarters by ZHA is an important milestone for BEEAH Group, signalling its growth from a company founded to proactively tackle environmental issues in Sharjah, UAE, to an international group with businesses in industries that are critical to realising a sustainable future. ZHA delivered the BEEAH Headquarters in collaboration with sustainability engineers and consultants Atelier Ten and Buro Happold, project managers Matthews Southwest, construction contractor Al Futtaim Construction, MEP engineers Al Futtaim Engineering. Smart building technologies by Microsoft, Johnson Controls and EVOTEQ, a BEEAH Digital venture.

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Photograph by Hufton+Crow

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