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New Project by Zaha Hadid Architects Is Inspired by... Water?

We are too stunned to speak.

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), founded by the late renowned Zaha Hadid, has released new renderings of the proposed Jinghe New City Culture & Art Center, which will be situated in Shaanxi province, China. The new landmark will have an exterior design, consisting of white wavy patterns and layers, which was inspired by the Jinghe River and its surrounding landscape, an aesthetic approach that reaffirms the late Hadid’s title as “Queen of the Curve.”

“Echoing the meandering valleys carved by the Jinghe River through the mountains and landscapes of Shaanxi province, the Jinghe New City Culture & Art Center is located within the Jinghe Bay Academician Science & Technology Innovation district of the city," Zaha Hadid Architects stated.

The British-based firm was one of several to compete for the project prior to being announced as the winner. In addition to its modern design, the Jinghe New City Culture & Art Center is designed to meet the requirements for the China’s Green Building (GB) program certification. For instance, the landmark will generate electricity through solar panels, and it will implement natural ventilation and lighting systems. The structure will also be built using recycled and locally sourced materials.

In addition, it will be part of the district’s masterplan to connect the new multimedia library with the new performing arts theater, multi-function halls, studios, and exhibition galleries. The library will serve as a local library consisting of a reading area and a collaborative space. The performing arts theater will be used for various events with a capacity of 450 people.

Jinghe New City Culture & Art Center is an example of ZHA’s passion in designing architecture that blends with surrounding landscapes. For over 40 years, the firm has been a pioneer in modern architecture, especially in the 21st century, receiving several awards and accolades since 1982. Its recently completed projects include the new headquarters of BEEAH Group, situated in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which was designed to achieve net-zero emission. It is currently one of the finalists in the office design category at the SBID International Design Awards 2022.

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