Central Bank / Zaha Hadid

MAXXI Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects © Iwan Baan

In what will be her first project for her native country, Zaha Hadid will design the new headquarters for the Central Bank in .  Earlier in the summer, Hadid prepared a conceptual presentation with a feasibility study, and this past month, Hadid travelled to Istanbul to discuss initial details with the bank’s governor, Sinan al-Shabibi.   The bank, which is one of the first central banks in the Arab world, has the sole right to issue the ’s national currency – the dinar.

Although details of the bank’s security features probably will not be released to the public, the bank has required Hadid to design the headquarters to withstand terrorist attacks – the existing headquarters, designed by Danish practice Dissing & Weitling in 1985, was stormed by insurgents in June in an attack that killed 18 people and injured 50.

Zaha Hadid is focusing on creating a structure that speaks to the new spirit of the country, saying the design will act as a symbol of the new Iraq.  According to the BDOnline, Hadid’s spokesman explained, “The new headquarters will enable the monetary authority of the CBI [Central Bank of Iraq] to perform its continued role serving stability, development and economic growth in Iraq.”

We’ll keep you updated on the design as we learn more.

Source: BDOnline

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Central Bank / Zaha Hadid" 30 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=75418>
  • Pierre

    Wow! No apparent bifurcated lines, I’m impressed!
    Could Zaha be evolving?!

    • Lucas


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  • AxeTB

    Putting up a picture of a different project works a little misleading, but OK.

    Let’s see what she can come up with next. I wonder if she’ll go the extra mile for her native country.