More images of Hadid’s Emirates centre

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Here is the full set of images of Zaha Hadid's design for the Performing Arts Centre for Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates (see our earlier story here).

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The client, UAE's Tourism Development & Investment Company, sent us the following information on Hadid's project:

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In Hadid’s Performing Arts Centre concept, a 62 metre high building is proposed housing five theatres – a music hall, concert hall, opera house, drama theatre and a flexible theatre with a combined seating capacity for 6,300 – that’s 1,100 more than London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Centre may also house an Academy of Performing Arts.

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“As it winds through the site, the architecture increases in complexity, building up height and depth and achieving multiple summits in the bodies housing the performance spaces, which spring from the structure like fruits on a vine and face westward, toward the water," explained Hadid.

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“The building becomes part of an inclining ensemble of structures that stretch from the Maritime Museum at its southern end to the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi at the northern tip. With its centre of mass at the water’s edge, the Performing Arts Centre focuses its volume along the central axis of the site. This arrangement interrupts the block matrix at the Arterial Road, opening views to the sea and the skyline of Abu Dhabi.

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“The concert hall is above the lower four theatres, allowing daylight into its interior and dramatic views of the sea and city skyline from the huge window behind the stage. Local lobbies for each theatre are orientated towards the sea to give each visitor a constant visual contact with their surroundings."

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  • http://www.azhararchitecture.com azhar

    Looks quite familioar to an earlier proposal for the Guggenheim project Zahah Hadid did for the far east.

    I like it!

    A

  • Alyssa

    this is pretty amazing, no? I have been working on a research project on hadid’s cac–though i also just visited her museum renovation in copenhagen. what a lovely project…

  • Jose

    Dios!!!…a lo que hemos llegado…si parece la nave de Alien…o de algún bicho intergaláctico!!!…demasiado malo

  • cethaphil

    its not ugly but its not “outstanding” also. it exudes a neo-catalistic vibe typical of modern architecture today. It tries hard to create a built form that challenges what is already conventional… even traditional that it no longer stands out as unique. and although it will the users to experience the building emotionally, it will fail to allow the users to experience “it” as an environment.

  • Jose

    Vamos a ver…
    me parece una tontería de mucho cuidado el edificio este…primero por que es igual a los últimos 20 proyectos de esta mujer…un edifico sacado de un comic…eso es…pero claro nosotros ni tenemos super podres ni somos mutantes. Miralles!!!…ven y enseñale a esta mujer comose hace arquitectura d verdad!!!…tu si lo entendías

  • largemazda

    Using the process she adopts time again this is another predictably complex and original shape. It was argued to me that this is not design. But if you find that the lines are beautiful, the imagination is original and the surrounding environment will benefit by its existance then isn’t this architectural design?! I think it is, i love it.

  • yaoruihua

    太漂亮了,以至于我们学校有无数的学生模仿Zaha Hadid 作?的造型.

  • Gary Wales

    An absolutely beautiful form – painfully gorgeous. I watched the day by day construction of the Burj al Arab, and I’d love to see this take shape, alas, I no longer like in the Emirates.

  • Benjamin Dueñas

    Me parece una increible propuesta, y muy interesante el hecho de que finalmente regresemos a nuestros orígenes naturales que aún nos siguen inspirando y creo que lo seguirán, me pregunto cual será la forma del futuro, si es que aún nos integraremos más a esta armonía natural o al caos del mundo, ambos pertenecientes al mismo ciclo de la vida.
    Excelente propuesta Zaha !!!

  • Juliana Terto

    Waht magnific form!!!! It´s really amazing, I have no words to say how it impressed me!!!

  • Bob Horton

    It’s very interesting. No stairs, big space and seductive waves. Now I’m curious about the acoustics.

  • i`m lovin it

  • Hala Attia

    The Structure of the building is amaizing, the big spans, the entrance attracts people to the building, the theatres with no stairs ,and i need to learn more about the building

  • luis koga

    MARAVILLOSO, INCREIBLE, FENOMENAL; LAS FORMAS TAN SIMPLES Y ARMONIOSA QUE PRESENTA ESTE PROYECTO SON DE UNA FLUIDEZ CASI SUPRAHUMANA, SIN LUGAR A DUDA, EVOCA LAS FORMAS MAS NATURALES Y DELICADAS DEL SER. LA NATURALIDAD QUE POSEE ME TRANSPORTA A OTROS TIEMPOS LEJANOS, PERO AL MISMO TIEMPO, SU SIMPLEZA, RECUERDA NUESTROS ORIGENES COMO HUMANIDAD. FELICIDADES Y A SEGUIR CONSTRUYENDO PARA EL FUTURO, QUE ES HOY. DESEO EXPONER MI OBRA EN PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, SOY MEXICANO, Y MI DISIPLINA ES LA CALIGRAFIA, TOMENME EN CUENTA. PUEDO VIAJAR A LOS EMIRATOS.

  • afonso pinto

    mrs, Zaha Hadid,

    well, I must say: wonderfull.

    organic and amazing building,

    I’d love to visit this before I die.

    afonso from portugal

  • Deepti Tangri

    “The form appears to grow effortlessly from earth, trying to reach out to the wilderness of space..
    What to say?..
    ‘Complexity CAN be beautiful’.
    Thank you Zaha for such great work.!

  • http://www.charlesbrooks.info Cellist

    Looks incredible. But as a musician I wonder how the accoustics will be – and how will they keep the sun off that stage!!

    Direct sunlight and 200 year old violins do not mix well… sorry guys – no lunchtime concerts here…

    Beautiful design tho.

  • famous architect

    No established firm is doing work as good as Zaha these days.

    It’s like she’s the NFL and everyone else is still playing college ball.

  • Glory

    SUCH creative, organic, pure, beautifull, ZAHA I LOVE U!!! u’re amazing keep with ur good work (para los imbeciles q comentaron mal, muerance envidiosos ANIMALES no la insulten)

  • emilia

    zaha i love you !!!

    she’s my idol!!

    have no idols, JUST ZAHA !

    zaha osos lo mas de lo mas !!

  • architect-KS

    Sikur Zaha Hadid qe eshte e veqant, edhe projekti eshte po aq shume i veqant!
    Zaha je idoli im.

  • yulisri

    hadid, she is iron,,

    all design that she’s touch
    more and more amazing

    yours is the best architects today and tomorrow

    experimented

  • Albert

    What’s the LEED or BREEAM rating on this building? Were environmental concerns a part of the design considerations?

    It is an aesthetically pleasing eye-catching design and I think that Ms. Hadid’s best work is yet to come. I had the pleasure of listening to her lecture at the University of Houston, Texas back in 2000 and we met eye contact. I was wondering if the rumours of her being difficult to work with were true.

    Hopefully not.

    A

  • http://shola9769aol.com Toyibat Kesh

    It is indeed marvelous! It is magnifique!! It takes you on a rollercoster of thoughts and imagination of how in-depth this design goes and you keep wandering where it begins and ends. That is what happened to me…

    Bravo! Hats off to you Ms Zaha Hadid

  • James Keary

    I am presently working this year in the UAE with the Abu Dhabi Education Council in an administrative capacity focusing on educational reform. My background/experience is both administrative with a Fine Arts focus. I would like to discuss the possiblity of working within the development and implementation of this project to position myself in an administrative role with the Performing Arts Centre upon the completion of this phenomenol opportunity. I have researched and developed a proposal for an “Emirates International School of Fine Arts” that would blend nicely with the “idea” of an Academy of Fine Arts and would be very interested to share this proposal with someone in anticipation of linking world class education in the Fine Arts field in a global context. I also have an idea as well as the personal contacts to network the practical componenet of this Fine Arts Academy with a high profile film production company in Hollywood California. This could be very exciting. Please respond with the contact of the board/people to whom I could share this proposal.

    Sincerely,

    James Keary
    055-937-5069 (Al Ain)

  • jesse

    architectural greatness has been stereotyped as having the presence of flaring facades or the dynamic form that seem to defy the norms of construction. this work is undoubtedly stunning in form and striking in presence..however its greatness is only to be judged in a latter stage, where one has gone beyond pure aesthetics and visual stimulation. there is more to a building than just the facade. after all architecture is careful manipulation of space. at the end of the day its still the functional spaces that matter.

  • john graham

    Zaha Hadid’s buildings are absolutely saturated in her ego. Every inch is part of her vision, there’s no relief, no where to breath. I also feel like she is not genuine. I believe her buildings are attempts at being really cool or futuristic or alienating, or just wierd. She isn’t really being herself, showing us a vision that is intimate. She is trying to be as loud and as new and different as she can, so that her ego is pumped up as large as it can be. Paradoxically, all this grandstanding leaves her building looking lonely, de-humanized, because there isn’t a real human heart involved in making them. That said, I like her work a lot and am always excited to see what she is doing. I just don’t love it.

  • ibrahim elsaid

    frankly , i m so proud of zaha hadid but i m so so afraid from her building bcz it isnot stay for ever bcz the structutre is too weak to stay on the earth more along time

  • http://www.seri.org/forum/environment/ bong kwan park

    In my opinon, Emirates centre similar to Dongdaemoon design center in seoul south korea.

  • RAFA PONCE MENA

    la verdad eres la numero, trat o de proyectar como tu pero es imposible
    la mejor manera de hacer las cosas como tu es el fusil, es dificil usar tu lenguaje pero con ayuda de tus libros y revistas todo se puede, soy tu imagen pero en replica

  • kuro

    its amazing how the building appears to be growing from ground.very organic!

  • marco

    ho boy…the very latest in wet-dream architecture. But obviously, people can’t get enough of it; my hero, my guru, yata yata. There is no big imagination here, just the increasingly predictable product of a rather unique, ego-driven design process, the reflection of an aesthetically bankrupt design culture. Imagination is what it takes to see beyond this to a future architecture where arbitrary sculpting has no place, where material, context, and form are perfectly merged in a subtle symphony of built environment. Take us there, Spartacus, there is not a moment to loose.

  • http://langitsore.multiply.com armeyn

    whoaahhmmm… somebody please wake me up if she has another idea..
    one idea for all project? ugh, boooorriiiiing!

  • bebo

    It is horrible as usual.

  • Bob

    I can’t decide which it reminds me of most– an unseaworthy design-school-exercise for an boat, a high-tech golf club, or an uncomfortable plastic razor handle. It has a sensuous quality to it, but the sensation is intrusive and painful. It’s a badly-cast, depleted-uranium impalement-weapon. The interior suggests an insect-lair highly magnified. Forgive me if I’m sacralizing the aesthetic, but this design just lacks beauty. It’s got plenty of ego, though, and seems to demonstrate a desire for novelty and noteworthiness at any cost.

  • http://yahoo Abeselom

    This is the most amaizing design i’ve ever seen since i’m a student of Architecture i understand it as a design which contains all modern design principles like feasiblity aesthtics and other and also i think she developed her design concept from a womb.

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    it seems like the design of Sydney Opera House from the style.

  • River Atreyu Phoenix

    And well…yeah but, does it work?

  • lvlolouol.k

    it is veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy excelent.i am fan of zaha hadid works

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  • Jonh Brasil2

    These colors and shapes give me nausea, is what I feel to see these constructions so strange

  • Gupse

    GORGEOUS.
    Looks like an organic space-ship.

  • Honey singh

    Looks like the sperm of a robot.