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Zaha Hadid Architects collaboration with PUBG MOBILE now live

Zaha Hadid Architects have partnered with PUGB MOBILE in a collaboration enabling players around the world to experience innovative architecture in the virtual world.

The latest PUBG MOBILE Version 1.8 includes three unique medical centers designed by Zaha Hadid Architects especially for Erangel within the game.

PUBG MOBILE is based on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, the phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to battle in a winner-takes-all showdown.


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ME Dubai within Opus awarded the World Prix Versailles 2021

Following the Prix Versailles Continental award recognition, the ME Dubai hotel within Opus for Omniyat has been selected winner of the World Prix Versailles 2021 title, in the hotels category.

Celebrating inspiration, progress and inclusion, with its mission to transform architecture and design into tools for sustainable ecological, societal and cultural development, the Prix Versailles is organised in association with UNESCO and the International Union of Architects (UIA).

Opus 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.

Prix Versailles

Photograph by Laurian Ghinitoiu

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Eleftheria Square inaugurated

Eleftheria Square in Nicosia has been inaugurated by Nicos Anastasiade, President of the Republic of Cyprus, and Constantinos Yiorkadjis, Mayor of Nicosia. Stella Kyriakides, EU Commissioner, also attended the ceremony.

Establishing Eleftheria Square as the city’s primary gathering space, Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) 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.

Located near the centre of Nicosia, Eleftheria Square is adjacent to the Venetian Walls and the dry moat that encircles the city. 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 much 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 opening the dry moat for public use to create an orbital park that surrounds the city.

Transforming previously inaccessible areas of the moat with new civic plazas, gardens and palm-lined promenades, the moat can become a ‘green belt’ around the city. ZHA’s design 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 Eleftheria Square design elevates the topography of the moat to create an upper level bridge that meets the surrounding streetscape, establishing direct connections with the city’s urban fabric and defining a new public square in the heart of the capital.

Transformed into an urban park, the moat’s fluid geometries have been created through the process of triangulating the irregular forms of the ancient fortifications to establish points of ‘intensity’ that define seating, flowerbeds or water features within the new park.

The moat’s granite paving conveys a timeless solidity, while open joints between the granite slabs create a passive rainwater drainage system that allows the new trees planted within the moat to naturally balance groundwater levels and reduce erosion of the medieval walls’ foundations.

As the largest civic plaza in Nicosia, Eleftheira Square has been designed to host festivals and public events; its upper level bridge and supporting columns are crafted in concrete, their sculptural forms ensure structural integrity in this seismic region and the base of each column morphs into seating.

The renovation of the square involved extensive archaeological excavations together with works to repair and protect the historic Venetian Walls. The redevelopment also includes two cafes within the square and the new underground parking lot with access ramp on Omirou Avenue. Stairs and elevators directly connect with the bus terminal in Solomos Square.

ZHA’s transformation of Eleftheria Square weaves together Nicosia’s rich history with an unwavering optimism for the future. Bridging the Venetian Wall and moat, the square becomes an important gateway to the old city, its underground parking removing cars from the ancient city’s streets to enable further pedestrianisation that enhances the urban realm of this historic district while also creating new public gardens and plazas to be enjoyed by residents and visitors to the city.

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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at London’s Science Museum celebrates its 5th anniversary

Mathematical practice underpins so many aspects of our lives and work. The Winton Gallery brings together these remarkable stories, people and exhibits. Since its opening in December 2016, the gallery has inspired millions people of all ages to think about the role of mathematics in a new light.

Defined by the 1929 Handley Page ‘Gugnunc’ aircraft at its centre, The Winton Gallery’s design is driven by equations of airflow used in the aviation industry; creating geometries representing the air that would have flowed around this historic aircraft in flight.

“This pioneering project (with lighting by Arup has vastly increased visitor numbers to the Mathematics Gallery and is an exemplar project in how architecture can be central to successful curatorial development. The project is finished to an exacting standard… the floating pod structure is precisely engineered,” explained the gallery’s RIBA Award citation in 2017.

The Sunday Times concurred, “An environment that fills you with wonder. I found myself uplifted by something pure, floaty and mysterious: the beauty of maths.”

London Science Museum

Photograph by Matt Danby (archifocussed)

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Zaha Hadid Architects transitions to employee ownership

“I think there should be no end to experimentation.” Zaha Hadid (2011)

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has transitioned to employee ownership through our recently established Employee Benefit Trust.

Excelling through a period of unprecedented global challenges and growing to a team of more than 500 dedicated professionals, ZHA is built around a deep commitment to the culture of diverse people working collaboratively. This collective, multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving has been a cornerstone of our success since the practice was founded by Zaha Hadid 42 years ago.

Zaha’s unwavering optimism for the future and belief in the power of invention is embedded within the DNA of the architectural practice she founded and generously gifted to those who helped her create it – all our employees.

With her extraordinary vision for the future and generosity in entrusting the practice to the friends and colleagues with whom she collaborated for several decades, Zaha has empowered every member of our team to nurture, develop and continue the work she began over 40 years ago.

As the Trust has no external shareholders, we can now reinvest all profits back into the business, into our people, equipment and facilities to the benefit all our employees; allowing us to prioritise our work with visionary clients, communities and industry experts around the world to advance the quality of the built environment.

Building upon the experimentation and pursuit of discovery that Zaha so championed, we embrace new ideas and technologies to deliver a repertoire of projects that become more spatially inventive, more structurally efficient, more technologically advanced and more sustainable with each new design.

Younger generations of architects are demanding our profession become more accessible and egalitarian. Supported by independent and transparent organizational systems and structures, employee ownership of ZHA will cultivate the skills and diversity that drives our decision-making and give every member of our team a voice in shaping our future.

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‘NFTism’ at Art Basel Miami Beach

Opening this week and presented at Art Basel Miami Beach, ‘NFTism’ is a virtual gallery exploring architecture and social interaction in the metaverse.

Cyberspaces are virtual environments that enable human-to-human communication via computer networks. Current photo-real, 3D and massively multiplayer online (MMO) video-game creation technologies, combined with high-speed network and cloud technologies, allow cyberspaces to be 3-dimensional, interaction-rich, socially and sensorially engaging, as well as accessible through a variety of devices using desktop browsers, mobile apps and smart TVs. 

Cyberspaces are part of integral spatial-web technologies underpinning the metaverse – an online environment coupling spatial and interaction experiences of cyberspaces with supporting social, community forming and economic infrastructure. The metaverse supports new forms of cultural production and associated experience such as digital art and virtual art museums.

Galerie Nagel Draxler collaborated with media artist Kenny Schachter to curate their initial exhibition dedicated to artists working with blockchain technologies and NFTs: ‘Breadcrumbs: Art in the Age of NFTism’. Their subsequent ‘Crypto-Kiosk’ collaboration piloted the concept at Art Basel 2021. Now at Art Basel Miami Beach, the concept is taken a step further with an LED wall presenting an interactive gallery space located in the metaverse.

With spatial designs by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) that focus on user-experience, social interaction and dramaturgical composition, this virtual architecture is powered by performance aligned, field-tested parametric design technologies. Coupling ZHA’s designs with MMO and interaction technological services bring novel, use-enhancing experiences to a broad online audience. The virtual gallery features, among other items, designs previously commissioned by Kenny Schachter, namely the ‘Z-boat’, the ‘Z-Car One’, a sculptural bench-table ‘Belu’ and a stool ‘Orchis’. These designs are collaborations between Zaha Hadid Architects and Zaha Hadid Design.

Incorporating their technologies within the virtual spaces designed by ZHA, JOURNEE has developed a Software as a Service (SaaS) built on proprietary, performance optimized MMO technology integrated with audio-video interaction capabilities along with network and cloud-hosting services.

NFTism – virtual gallery

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Curation by Kenny Schachter
Invitation and hosting by Galerie Nagel Draxler
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, powered by JOURNEE

Galerie Nagel Draxler was founded in Cologne in 1990 and operates in Cologne, Berlin, Munich and Meseberg. We are proud to be a gallery that has a history, a present and a future. An emphasis lies on an established artist generation, that has been showing with us since the beginning and whose work has been strongly influential for following generations. Our mid-career artists take part in defining the artistic discourses of our times. Finally, with a young generation, we meet the challenges of tomorrow. We see it as a privilege, to be able to give younger artists a context rooted in recent art history.

Kenny Schachter has been curating contemporary art exhibits in museums and galleries, as well as teaching art history and economics for nearly 30 years. He has a regular column on in addition to writing for various international publications. A retrospective of his art was presented at Joel Mesler’s Rental Gallery in New York and he curated an exhibit at Simon Lee Gallery in London in 2018. More recently, Schachter had solo exhibitions at Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles and Blum & Poe in Tokyo.

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is a global architecture brand founded by the late Zaha Hadid. ZHA has a global portfolio of high profile buildings, including museums, opera houses, corporate headquarters, railway stations, airports, residences, hotels and mixed-use complexes. ZHA principal Patrik Schumacher is currently focussing his research on the possibilities of cyberspace and the metaverse.

JOURNEE is a leading technology company specialised in connecting brands with their audiences in the metaverse by providing the world’s most advanced metaverse technology platform. Using the cutting-edge platform, a team of 40 experts designs and builds stunning, customised virtual experiences tailored to fulfil client goals. JOURNEE has delivered resoundingly successful campaigns and events for numerous enterprise-level companies and leading brands across industries around the world.

Project Team

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA): Cesar Fragachan, Vishu Bhooshan, Henry David Louth, Shajay Bhooshan, Patrik Schumacher

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA): Cesar Fragachan, Vishu Bhooshan, Shajay Bhooshan

JOURNEE:  Christian Mio Loclair, Carlos Serrano, Faye Brown, Kevin Wang,  Marlene A. Schenk

Metaverse Application & Web Service
JOURNEE:  Christian Mio Loclair, Carlos Serrano, Faye Brown, Kevin Wang,  Marlene A. Schenk

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Leeza SOHO Highly Commended at the World Architecture Festival 2021

Leezo SOHO in Beijing has been Highly Commended in the ‘Offices’ category at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2021.

The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture, with the WAF Awards at the heart of the festival.

Leeza SOHO tower for SOHO China anchors the new Fengtai business district – a growing financial and transport hub between the city centre and the recently opened Beijing Daxing International Airport to the south.

Adjacent to the business district’s rail station at the intersection of five new lines currently under construction on Beijing’s Subway network, Leeza SOHO’s site is diagonally dissected by an underground subway service tunnel.

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.

This rotation of the atrium intertwines Leeza SOHO’s two halves in a dynamic ‘pas de deux’. Acting as a public square for the new district and providing varying views due to its twisting, sculptural form, the tower creates a fantastic new civic space for Beijing that is directly connected to the city’s transport network.

Leeza SOHO’s double-insulated, unitised glass curtain wall system steps the glazing units on each floor at an angle, providing narrow ventilating registers to draw outside air through operable cavities; creating extremely efficient environmental control for each floor.

Targeting LEED Gold certification, Leeza SOHO’s energy management system monitors real-time environmental control and energy efficiency. The tower includes an insulating green roof with photovoltaic array; 2,680 bicycle parking spaces, with lockers, shower facilities and dedicated charging spaces.

World Architecture Festival 2021 (WAF) Award winners

Photograph by Hufton+Crow

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Shajay Bhooshan on Robotics and Making Construction Sustainable

Shajay Bhooshan, Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects and co-founder of Zaha Hadid Architects Computation & Design Research (ZHACODE) joined ‘The Robot’ podcast to speak about making construction sustainable.

Hosted by Fran Scott, Science Content Developer at the Royal Institution, ‘The Robot’ podcast aims to find out how robots are changing the world around us for the better. From food to healthcare, and education to transport – each episode sees Fran joined by an international panel of experts to explore a different area of our lives, finding out how automation is changing what’s possible and dissecting the opportunities robots are creating.

In the episode, Shajay speaks about his work on the 3D printed concrete bridge Striatus, 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.

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.

Listen to the podcast via link below.

The Robot podcast season 2, episode 2 ‘Making Construction Sustainable’

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Niederhafen River Promenade win World Architecture Festival (WAF) Award 2021

Niederhafen River Promenade in Hamburg has been announced winner in the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Award 2021.

The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture, with the WAF Awards at the heart of the festival.

Awarded winner in the ‘Urban Context – Landscape’ category, the Niederhafen River Promenade in Hamburg is integral to the modernisation and reinforcement of the city’s flood protection system and transforms essential flood protection infrastructure into a popular public space.

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.

The new Niederhafen flood protection barrier incorporates the city’s riverside promenade providing panoramic views of the Elbe and its historic port, and reconnects its river promenade with the surrounding urban fabric; 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.

World Architecture Festival 2021 (WAF) Award winners

Photograph by Piet Niemann

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Vishu Bhooshan at ‘Computational Design: Next 7.0’

Vishu Bhooshan, Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects and Computational Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design group (ZHA CODE) will speak at the ‘Computational Design: Next 7.0’ online conference.

Organised by Parametric Architecture (PA) & Design Morphine, the ‘Computational Design: Next 7.0’ on 11-12 December at 12:00 -20:30 (UTC) have invited guest speakers to present a new way of thinking about the future of computation in design.

Find out more on the ‘Computational Design: Next 7.0’ conference on the Parametric Architecture website via link below.

Computational Design: Next 7.0

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