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Zhuhai Jinwan Civic Art Centre by Architect “Zaha Hadid”

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A large-scale urban cultural complex in the Jinwan District of Zhuhai, China, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Located along the waterfront of the Jinwan District, the building is composed of three interlocked sections with a total floor area of nearly 70,000 square meters. The complex includes a theatre, an art gallery, a library, an international conference center, retail outlets, and a restaurant. The two main facades of the building are made up of a highly intricate, dynamic pattern of interlocking shapes that create a visually stunning effect. The building is designed to maximize energy efficiency and sustainability, with its large scale glazed façade and its use of rainwater harvesting and natural ventilation. The building has been designed to function as a social hub, with a variety of activities and events hosted in its various spaces.

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Known formally as the Zhuhai Jinwan Civic Art Center, the sprawling structure features a perforated steel roof that shoots off into four wings, giving it an X-shaped appearance from above. Located in the burgeoning “New Town” area of the city, the building will link directly to the new Zhuhai Airport Intercity railway, which connects the nearby cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, and Hong Kong. The building’s exterior is composed of a variety of materials, including large panels of aluminum, glass, and steel. The steel roof not only creates a unique aesthetic, but also helps to protect the building from harsh weather conditions. The design features a number of large openings and skylights, allowing natural light to flood the interior. Inside, the center will feature an auditorium, an exhibition space, a lecture hall, and a library. There is also an outdoor plaza and a number of gardens, which are designed to help create a relaxing environment. The center is aiming to become a hub for creativity and culture in the area. The Zhuhai Jinwan Civic Art Center is an impressive example of modern design and is a great addition to the city’s growing skyline. The building is a great example of how modern architecture can be used to create a unique and attractive environment.

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The building will be clad in a combination of glass, metal, and wood, and feature a sloped, undulating roofline designed to evoke the shape of the surrounding landscape. Set to comprise an art museum, science center, 1,200-seat theater, and multipurpose 500-seat hall, the futuristic edifice was conceived to become “a hub of contemporary creativity” for the area, according to a statement from the architects. Organized around a central open-air plaza—which is accessed via two pedestrian bridges—each wing will house one of the four designated spaces and feature its own stepped promenade that descends to the lakefront.

Zaha Mohammad Hadid (born October 31, 1950) was an Iraqi-British architect, artist and designer. She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, an award regarded as the Nobel Prize of architecture. Her buildings defy traditional architectural conventions and often focus on fluid, futuristic designs. Hadid's best-known works include the London Aquatics Centre, the Guangzhou Opera House and the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Azerbaijan.

In over 50 award-winning projects around the world, ZHA’s architecture becomes more refined spatially, more efficient structurally, more polished materially, more advanced technologically—and generally more resolved— with each new design.Their clients commission buildings, and ZHA meets the programmes, but ZHA also reads between the lines to exceed each brief and consistently deliver the shared aspirations of a new generation.

Collaborating with visionary clients, communities and industry experts on more than 60 on-going projects, ZHA’s hugely talented and dedicated teams of over 400 experienced professionals work with passion and commitment to honour Zaha Hadid’s legacy and deliver transformational projects on six continents.



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