29-07-2005

Zaha Hadid, The Architecture Foundation. London, 2005

Zaha Hadid Architects,

London,

Cultural Center,

Cement, Glass,

Retraining,

Clean lines, clear design, angular and sharp corners: this is how Zaha Hadid imagined the new building for the Architecture Foundation, the independent organisation founded in 1991 to promote culture and quality in architecture.



Zaha Hadid, The Architecture Foundation. London, 2005 In fact, a new glass and concrete building, the winner of an international competition in which over 200 architecture practices took part, is due to be built on the Southbank, in the vicinity of the Tate Modern.
The finalists of the competition included AOC, Caruso St John, Foreign Office Architects, A-Graft, Lacaton and Vassal, MVRDV and Bernard Tschumi.
This will be the first building that the Iraqi-born architect has built in the country she has chosen to live in.
Hadid's project is distinguished by the contrast between the transparent glass core of the building and the reinforced concrete structure surrounding it like a ribbon starting from the ground and travelling upwards.
This powerful and attention-catching element seems to want to protect the real exhibition areas, within the transparent centre. Precisely this "permeability", on the other hand, underlines the openness and the billboard qualities which the foundation seeks in its relations with the public at large.

Inside, the reinforced concrete structure contains a path leading from the atrium at ground level to the upper floors where the offices and an exhibition area, overlooking the atrium below, are located.

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