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Zaha Hadid Architects Selected to Design the King Abdullah Financial District Metro Station in Saudi Arabia

In order to serve its rapidly expanding population of more than five million, the ArRiyadh Development Authority has commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects to construct the new King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station in its capital city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

With six platforms over four public floors and two levels of underground car parking, the KAFD Metro Station will be integrated within the urban context of the financial district, while responding to the functional requirements for a multimodal transport centre and the district’s future vision. The project extends beyond the simple station typology to emphasize the building’s importance as a dynamic, multi-functional public space; not only an intermediate place perceived through quick transitions, but also a dramatic public space for the city.

Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects

Becoming a destination in itself and potential catalyst in the future urban growth of Abu Dhabi, the Zaha Hadid designed Sheikh Zayed Bridge was conceived in a highly mobile society that requires a new route around the Gulf south shore, connecting the three Emirates together. Hufton+Crow shared with us their photos as they capture the many viewpoints of this sinusoidal waveform structure. A complete gallery of images after the break.

Neil Barrett 'Shop in Shop' / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Text description provided by the architects. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the ‘Shop in Shop’ concept for Neil Barrett is based on a singular, cohesive project that is divided into sixteen separate pieces. Specific pieces have then been selected and installed into each of the four Neil Barrett Shop in Shop’s in Seoul, and also into the Hong Kong shop; creating a unique display landscape within each store. The pieces have been carved and molded from the original solid as pairs that define each other to create an artificial landscape that unfolds multiple layers for display. More images and architects' description after the break.

Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) have unveiled an ambitious cultural mega center, which began to take shape in October after the project broke ground in the heart of Changsha, China. In true Hadid-fashion, the Changsha Meixi Lake International Culture & Arts Center defines itself by extreme sinuous curves that radiate from each of the three independent structures and links them by a pedestrianized landscape that offers a “strong urban experience”, forming what they hope to be a global destination for performance art.

More on the cultural and arts center after the break...

In Progress: CityLife Milano / Zaha Hadid Architects

CityLife Milano is an ambitious commercial and residential development on Milan's historic former trade fair grounds: the Fiera Milano. On the surface, over half of CityLife Milano will be covered with upwards of 168,000 square meters of landscaped parkland dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles. This lush, pedestrianized space will be centered around a grand new piazza - 'piazza delle tre torri' - shaped by a trio of towers and surrounded by a cluster of residences, all designed by three world-renowned architects. As previously mentioned, Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei has contributed the Isozaki Tower, which is planned to become the tallest skyscraper in Italy at 202 meters and built alongside the curved, 150 meter Libeskind Tower. To complete the triad, Zaha Hadid has designed a twisting, glazed tower, which will rise 170 meters into the skyline.

More on the Hadid Tower and surrounding development after the break...

Bratislava Culenova New City Center Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects

The design for the Bratislava Culenova New City Center by Zaha Hadid Architects is based on a dynamic field strategy which aims to organize the city's new city center program along a gradient of circular and elliptical patterns. In a series of larger tower extrusions, a fluid field emerges from its underlying matrix to activate the ground throughout the whole site and provide public spaces of the highest quality. More images and architects' description after the break.

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects

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East Lansing, United States
  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 46.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Beijing, China
  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 332857.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

Pierres Vives / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Montpellier, France
  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 35.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects

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ROCA London Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects

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London Aquatics Centre for 2012 Summer Olympics / Zaha Hadid Architects

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  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 15950.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011

Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Paris, France

A First Glance at Zaha Hadid's Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Glasgow, United Kingdom

Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Guangzhou, China
  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 70000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2010

Evelyn Grace Academy / Zaha Hadid Architects

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London, United Kingdom
  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects ; Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher ; Engineers: Arup
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2010

MAXXI Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Rome, Italy

Burnham Pavilion / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Chicago, United States
  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 120.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009