MAXXI Roma by Zaha Hadid, Rome, Italy

Via Playtime, (Agence D’architecture’) I found an interesting article about the new MAXXI  (National Museum of 21st Century Art) Museum in Rome, Italy. It took 10 years and 150 million euros to build, but last year it completed. The official inauguration of the museum will take place in the spring of 2010.

The 27,000 square metre centre is Italy’s first national public museum of comtemporary arts and features two museums: MAXXI Art and MAXXI Architecture. It is constructued on the site of the former montello millitary barracks.

Check out the links below for more information and pictures on Playtime, Dezeen and Designboom.

+ Zaha Hadid – Maxxi Roma – An architectural experience – Playtime
+ Zaha Hadid: MAXXI, rome- complete – Designboom
+ MAXXI_National Museum of the XXI Century Arts by Zaha Hadid – Dezeen, Photographs by Luke Hayes


Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects, Chicago


Here aresome new pictures of Zaha Hadid Architects Burnham Pavilion, which opened recently in the Millennium Park in Chicago.

Hadid’s pavilion is one of two designs that are commissioned to celebrate the centenary of the Burnham Plan, which set out a blueprint for urban design in the city.


The pavilion is composed of an intricate bent-aluminum structure, with each element shaped and welded in order to create its unique curvilinear form. Outer and inner fabric skins are wrapped tightly around the metal frame to create the fluid shape. The skins also serve as the screen for video installations to take place within the pavilion.


Zaha Hadid Architects’ pavilion also works within the larger framework of the Centennial celebrations’ commitment to deliberate the future of cities. The presence of the new structure triggers the visitor’s intellectual curiosity whilst an intensifi cation of public life around and within the pavilion supports the idea of public discourse. The pavilion was designed and built to maximize the recycling and re-use of the materials after its role in Millennium Park. It can be re-installed for future use at another site.


Zaha Hadid Architects’ pavilion design for Chicago’s Burnham Plan Centennial celebrates the city’s ongoing tradition of bold plans and big dreams. The project encourages reinvention and improvement on an urban scale and welcomes the future with innovative ideas and technologies whilst referencing the original organizational systems of Burnham’s plan.

Our design continues Chicago’s renowned tradition of cutting edge architecture and engineering, at the scale of a temporary pavilion. The design merges new formal concepts with the memory of bold historic urban planning. Superimpositions of spatial structures with hidden traces of Burnham’s organizational systems and architectural representations create unexpected results. By using methods of overlaying, complexity is build up and inscribed in the structure.

See ArchiDE’s other story about the Burnham Pavilion, designed by UNStudio.



Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects © Michelle Litvin.


JS Bach Chamber Music Hall by Zaha Hadid Architects, Manchester


A few weeks ago, Zaha Hadid Architects have built an installation at Manchester Art Gallery to house the performances of music by Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

The structure, a translucent, fabric membrane stretched over a steel structure suspended from the ceiling divides and encloses the space, creating a stage, enclosure for the audience and passages into and out of the auditorium. The installation is designed for the Manchester International Festival, the venue hosts a series of concerts which started last Friday and continue until 18 July. Concert details are on the MIF website.


The following is from Zaha Hadid Architects:

A voluminous ribbon swirls within the room, carving out a spatial and visual response to the intricate relationships of Bach’s harmonies. As the ribbon careens above the performer, cascades into the ground and wraps around the audience, the original room as a box is sculpted into fluid spaces swelling, merging, and slipping through one another.


“The design enhances the multiplicity of Bach’s work through a coherent integration of formal and structural logic. A single continuous ribbon of fabric swirls around itself, creating layered spaces to cocoon the performers and audience with in an intimate fluid space.” said Hadid.



The process of realizing the design involved architectural considerations of scale, structure and acoustics to develop a dynamic formal dialogue inseparable from its intended purpose as an intimate chamber music hall.

A layering of spaces and functions is achieved through the ribbon wrapping around itself, alternately compressing to the size of a handrail then stretching to enclose the full height of the room. Circulatory and visual connections are continually discovered as one passes through the multiple layers of space delineated by the ribbon. The ribbon itself consists of a translucent fabric membrane articulated by an internal steel structure suspended from the ceiling. The surface of the fabric shell undulates in a constant but changing rhythm as it is stretched over the internal structure.


It varies between the highly tensioned skin on the exterior of the ribbon and the soft billowing effect of the same fabric on the interior of the ribbon. Clear acrylic acoustic panels are suspended above the stage to reflect and disperse the sound, while remaining visually imperceptible within the fabric membrane.


Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects, © Luke Hayes.


Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects, Chicago

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The pavilion will celebrate the centenary of 1909 Plan of Chicago and will be open to the public from 19 June to 31 October.

More info and pictures on dezeen!!

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Nordpark Cable Railway by Zaha Hadid Architects, Austria

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Zaha Hadid Architects designed the following four stations on the Nordpark Cable Railway in Innsbruck, Austria. 

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 Starting at the station of Congress in the center of the city, the Nordpark Cable Railway travels to Loewenhaus station before crossing the river, ascending the Nortkette Mountain north of Innsbruck to Alpenzoo station.

To create the streamlined aesthetics of the station, Zaha Hadid used state-of-the-art design and manufacturing technologies developed for the automotive industry.

 “The railway reflects the city’s continued commitment to the highest standards of architecture and pushes the boundaries of design and construction technology. These stations are the global benchmark for the use of double-curvature glass in construction.”
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Photos by  Hélène Binet.
More info and pictures on Arcspace, click here


Phaeno Science Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects in *Wolfsberg, Germany*

Phaeno, Wolfsberg Science Centre in Germany by Zaha Hadid Architects.



The PHAENO Science Centre the first of its kind in Germany, appears as a mysterious and strange object geving rise to curiosity.  The visitor is faced with a degree of complexity and strangeness, which is ruled however by a very specific system of structural organization. Phaeno provides hands on entertaining access to the phenomena of natural science and technology. It includes exhibition rooms, laboratoria and a science theatre.


Located at a very special site in the town – both endpoint of the chain of cultural important buildings from Aalto, Scharoun and Schweger as well as being a connecting link to the new “Volkswagen-Town” the project closes as an effective urban mass the northern edge of the inner city along the Bahnhofsstrasse.


Several concrete cone feet are carrying the impressing mass of the building,  inside a seven meters height structural adventure unfolds. Phaeno is the far largest construction in “self-compacting concrete” (SCC), that has built in europe and will therefore be an important reference object. Functional space like the museum entrance, the bookstore and a theater, are located in these concrete cones.

The Phaeno building is a winning design that came out of an international competition organized in 2000. After a construction period, of more than four years the Phaeno building is breaking with many conventions in architecture.


Video by Arno Dietsche for Mayer Bährle architects: (link youtube)

Pictures from DANDA.BE (c) Klemens Ortmeyer copyright
More pictures on Thomasmayerarchive. 

Ordrupgaard Art Museum by Zaha Hadid *COPENHAGEN, Denmark*

Another project, located near Copehagen in Denmark by Zaha Hadid Architect: Ordrupgaard Art Museum.

Ordrupgaard is a state-owned art museum under the Danish Ministry of Culture located near Copenhagen. In 2005, Ordrupgaard reopened the museum with a significant addition, an extension that was designed by the internationally acclaimed Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.*

Zaha Hadid’s proposal won a competition that was organised by the Danish Ministry of Culture in 2001. Zaha Hadid’s building, doubles the existing area of the museum, the extension is nog just an experience in itself, it also offers better facilities, enabling it to present special exhibitions at international level and etc.

Like in many other projects designed by Zaha Hadid, Hadid has worked to decode and interpret the surroundings. Before she started, Hadid made studies of the terrain in the park at Ordrupgaard.  

This point of departure in the landscape has resulted in a very sophisticated and moulded figure which almost ‘hangs’ in the undulating terrain. It has been said that the extension at Ordrupgaard resembles a stranded whale and also a recently landed spaceship, but irrespective of the associations we make, it is a building which folds perfectly into the topography of the landscape. 


Inside, the building opens itself up as a ‘fluid space’ where it is hard to detect the transition between galleries and corridors, not to mention floors and ceilings. The rooms constantly relate to the curves of the terrain, with the ceiling rising and falling as you progress through them.


In many places the walls are slanted and irregular, and Hadid explores a plethora of crooked angles. As she says: “there are 360 degrees, so why stay with one”? These odd angles contrast with the building’s many soft bends and curves. Furthermore, the building is characterised by large areas of glass which invite in the daylight and surrounding nature and which reinforce the experience of the building’s integration with the landscape. 

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* Zaha Hadid is an architect and designer born in Baghdad in Iraq in 1950. She trained in Londen and graduated from the Architectural Association School (also kwown as AA-school) in 1977. Today, she has her own architect office Zaha Hadid Architects in Londen.

Since she started her own office, Zaha Hadid received several international prizes for architecture, on may 2004 Zaha Hadid became the first woman ever to receive the famous Pritzker Prize, what’s the highest recognition in international architecture.

See Zaha Hadid’s current projects and info on her website:

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