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Firms Like Zaha Hadid Architects Are Revolutionizing Office Design Using Big Data

09:30 - 1 May, 2018
Firms Like Zaha Hadid Architects Are Revolutionizing Office Design Using Big Data, The Analytics and Insight unit at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has developed data-driven space-planning models for workplaces that can be changed or adapted in real time. The team, led by architect Uli Blum and Arjun Kaicker, applies their research directly to ZHA projects, including the Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Moscow, Russia (seen here), and the Galaxy SOHO Beijing, which was built in 2012. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
The Analytics and Insight unit at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has developed data-driven space-planning models for workplaces that can be changed or adapted in real time. The team, led by architect Uli Blum and Arjun Kaicker, applies their research directly to ZHA projects, including the Sberbank Technopark at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Moscow, Russia (seen here), and the Galaxy SOHO Beijing, which was built in 2012. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

This article was originially published by Metropolis Magazine as "Architects, Armed with Data, Are Seeing the Workplace Like Never Before."

A workplace that improves employee productivity and efficiency has been a white whale of corporate managers for decades. But even before the office as we know it today was born, designers and innovators were already studying sites of labor, such as the factory, to devise strategies to boost worker performance. By the 1960s, Robert Propst, the inventor behind Herman Miller’s Action Office line of workplace furniture, and others were conducting workspace research that would ultimately lead to the creation of the modern cubicle.

These developments relied largely on observation and intuition to organize office workers in purportedly effective ways. Now, advances in technology allow designers to take a more sophisticated approach, using sensors, internet-connected furniture and fixtures, and data analytics to study offices in real time. “You can take into account every single employee, and people are very different,” says London architect Uli Blum. “It’s about solving the fundamental problems of getting people the environment they need. And the easiest way is to ask them,” he adds. But finding out the needs of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of workers can quickly become an exercise in futility.

Zaha Hadid Architects Designs Parabolic-Vaulted School Campus in Rural China

09:40 - 19 April, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Designs Parabolic-Vaulted School Campus in Rural China, © VA
© VA

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its design for the Lushan Primary School, an educational campus that will serve around 120 students from 12 villages in a rural area of Jiangxi Province in China. The design features a series of barrel and parabolic vaults constructed from concrete, which are oriented to offer optimum lighting conditions and views out to the landscape.

© VA © Zaha Hadid Architects © Zaha Hadid Architects © VA + 11

Take a 360 Video Tour of Zaha Hadid Architects' New Building on the High Line

12:00 - 14 April, 2018
Take a 360 Video Tour of Zaha Hadid Architects' New Building on the High Line, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

In a recent video published by Metropolis Magazine, Ed Gaskin, a senior associate at Zaha Hadid Architects, takes us on a comprehensive tour of ZHA's 520 West 28th Street, the late architect's only project in New York City. The video describes the project's interesting relation to the adjacent High Line, as well as taking us through the lobby, courtyard and inside the residential units of the building.

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow + 7

Zaha Hadid’s Only Private Residential Project Rises Above A Russian Forest

14:00 - 10 April, 2018
Zaha Hadid’s Only Private Residential Project Rises Above A Russian Forest, Courtesy of OKO Group
Courtesy of OKO Group

On a hillside forest outside of Moscow, amongst 65-foot-high (20-meter-high) pine and birch trees, sits the only private house to be designed and built by Zaha Hadid in her lifetime. With a form defined by its natural surroundings, the Capital Hill Residence is divided into two components, one merging with the sloping hillside, and another “floating” 72 feet (22 meters) above ground to unlock spectacular views across the Russian forested landscape.

Courtesy of OKO Group Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of OKO Group Courtesy of OKO Group + 6

Zaha Hadid Architects to Design Navi Mumbai International Airport

12:10 - 14 March, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects to Design Navi Mumbai International Airport, Previous airport works by Zaha Hadid Architects include the Beijing Daxing International Airport, slated as the world's largest airport terminal. Image Image by Methanoia © Zaha Hadid Architects
Previous airport works by Zaha Hadid Architects include the Beijing Daxing International Airport, slated as the world's largest airport terminal. Image Image by Methanoia © Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has won an international competition for the design of the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA). A long-awaited infrastructural project for India’s largest city, the scheme addresses capacity issues for the existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International (CSI) Airport, which features a terminal designed by SOM.

ZHA’s brief will encompass the design and execution of new NMIA terminal building, an Air Traffic Control Tower, and associated access. The airport will be situated across Mumbai Harbor, connected to the city by a planned rail link, and access to national rail networks. ZHA's previous work in the airport sector includes the Beijing Daxing International Airport (pictured), which is slated to be the world's largest airport terminal.

Zaha Hadid Architects' UAE Central Hub Inspired by Water Droplets

06:00 - 13 March, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects' UAE Central Hub Inspired by Water Droplets, ZHA 's Central Hub will take a prominent position in the UAE's Aljada masterplan. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
ZHA 's Central Hub will take a prominent position in the UAE's Aljada masterplan. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects has won an international competition for the design of a Central Hub for Aljada, a prominent masterplan for the UAE city of Sharjah. Regarded as the ‘cultural capital of the Arab world', Sharjah will play host to ZHA's unmistakeable brand of fluid, curving, sculpted urban design.

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Proposal to Transform London into A Network of Walkable Streets

16:00 - 26 February, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Proposal to Transform London into A Network of Walkable Streets, A vision of the future Regent Street. Image via Walkable London
A vision of the future Regent Street. Image via Walkable London

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed a proposal for the pedestrianization of their home city, London, that would gradually transform the city into an interconnected system of walkable roads.

Named Walkable London, the research proposal has identified the arteries and areas of the city that would most benefit from pedestrianization. The transformation would be implemented over three phases: primary avenues, secondary avenues, and finally, entire districts.  Notable avenues marked for alteration include Upper Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street. 

See the Progress of Zaha Hadid Architects' World Cup Stadium in Qatar, Set to Open This Year

16:00 - 20 February, 2018

Construction of Zaha Hadid ArchitectsAl Wakrah Stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is marching forward, with an opening date anticipated by the end of 2018. As shown in a video released by the Supreme Committee for Legacy & Delivery, the stadium’s concrete lower bowl has been poured and its massive roof pillars have been successfully installed.

Watch the Construction of Zaha Hadid's 1000 Museum Tower in This Full PBS Documentary

12:00 - 15 February, 2018
Watch the Construction of Zaha Hadid's 1000 Museum Tower in This Full PBS Documentary

As one of Zaha Hadid's final projects, One Thousand Museum Tower in Miami, approaches completion (having topped out just last month), a new documentary on its construction has been released by PBS. 

The building was the subject of the season premier of "Impossible Builds," which profiles "the creation of some of the world’s most ambitious, complex and technologically advanced construction projects." 

Described by the show as "one of the most complex skyscrapers ever to make it off the drawing board," the 62-story tower features a unique glass fiber reinforced concrete exoskeleton – a system never before seen at this scale.

The show is now available to watch in its entirety online. Check it out below!

12 Exhibition Design Projects that Show Architecture Doesn't Have to Be Permanent to Be Powerful

14:00 - 10 February, 2018
12 Exhibition Design Projects that Show Architecture Doesn't Have to Be Permanent to Be Powerful, Minding the Digital / MVRDV. Image © Zhang Chao
Minding the Digital / MVRDV. Image © Zhang Chao

Thinking broadly of architecture, the masterpieces of the past inevitably come to mind; buildings constructed to withstand the passage of time, that have found an ally in age, cementing themselves in the history of humanity. Permanence, however, is a hefty weight to bear and architecture that is, due to its program, ephemeral should not be cast aside as "lesser-than."

Photos Show the Light and the Dark in Zaha Hadid Architects' Vienna Library

09:30 - 21 January, 2018
© Edwin Seda
© Edwin Seda

In Zaha Hadid Architects' description of their Library and Learning Centre at the University of Economics Vienna, they describe the exterior of the building as "characterized by two elements of contrasting colors separated by a glass joint: shell and shadow." For that reason, the building was a perfect subject for architect and photographer Edwin Seda, who says he is fascinated by the effect light has on buildings. "Design is created to work with natural light but is never really in control of this aspect," says Seda. "This set of images therefore explores light as a medium for architectural transformation, a sort of fourth dimension, that only materializes once the building is complete and the seasons begin to change."

Seda's photoset captures the Library and Learning Centre throughout the course of a day: from the daytime when the building's light and dark elements are clearly distinguished; to sunset when one side of the building is closer to orange than the white or black planned by the architects; then to the evening, when the building's internal lights bring an entirely different dynamic to the building's composition. Read on to see the full set of images.

© Edwin Seda © Edwin Seda © Edwin Seda © Edwin Seda + 9

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Mixed-Use Public Square Scheme for Vauxhall Cross Island in London

12:00 - 19 January, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Mixed-Use Public Square Scheme for Vauxhall Cross Island in London, © Slashcube
© Slashcube

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled the design of a new mixed-use development to be located on the Vauxhall Cross Island site adjacent to Vauxhall Station in London. Aiming toward becoming a new public square for the neighborhood, the complex will consist of two towers connected by a street level podium, offering a variety of programmatic uses including a hotel, offices, residences, retail and public amenities.

© Slashcube © Slashcube © Slashcube © Slashcube + 8

Zaha Hadid Architects' Hungerburgbahn Celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary

06:00 - 25 December, 2017
Zaha Hadid Architects' Hungerburgbahn Celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary , Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

For 10 years this December, Zaha Hadid’s Hungerburgbahn have graced the built environment of InnsbruckAustria. Since its conception, over 4.5 million passengers have visited one of the four train stations connecting them from downtown Innsbruck to the Norkette Mountain to Hungerburg.

Zaha Hadid Architects' Bee’ah Headquarters Tops Out in UAE

12:00 - 19 December, 2017
Zaha Hadid Architects' Bee’ah Headquarters Tops Out in UAE

The Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Bee’ah Headquarters has topped out in Sharjah, UAE, as its structural steelwork and centerpiece concrete dome have been put in place.

With a design inspired by the form of sand dunes and oriented to optimize prevailing winds, the complex is striving for the highest standards of renewable energy and sustainable future targets, an appropriate goal for the new headquarters of the UAE's leading integrated environmental & waste management company.

Courtesy of Bee'ah Courtesy of Bee'ah Render by MIR. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects Render by MIR. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects + 24

Zaha Hadid Design Creates Shoe and Transparent Clutch Bag for Charlotte Olympia

12:00 - 23 November, 2017
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Design
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Design

This week, Zaha Hadid Design released a new platform wedge shoe and accompanying clutch bag with British shoe and accessory brand Charlotte Olympia. The limited edition pieces, which sport the familiar flowing forms perfected by Hadid in her architecture, are both constructed using a combination of transparent perspex and rose gold accents.

Zaha Hadid Architects Breaks Ground on Mexico City's Tallest Residential Building

15:05 - 9 November, 2017
Render by LabTop. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Render by LabTop. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed images of their latest design, the Bora Residential Tower in Mexico City, as construction on the project has broken ground.

Commissioned by Mexican developer Némesis Capital in 2015, the new tower will offer a variety of new housing options to the fast-growing neighborhood of Santa Fe, a business district in western Mexico City that is home to 3 universities and the regional offices of high profile tech companies including Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Roche and Amazon.

Zaha Hadid Architects Breaks Ground on Mexico City's Tallest Residential Building Render by LabTop. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Némesis Capital Render by LabTop. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Render by LabTop. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Némesis Capital Courtesy of Némesis Capital + 7

Structural Design of Zaha Hadid's 1000 Museum Revealed in CAD Drawings

13:15 - 7 November, 2017
Structural Design of Zaha Hadid's 1000 Museum Revealed in CAD Drawings, Structural Proposals. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects
Structural Proposals. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

As Zaha Hadid Architects’ 1000 Museum residential tower in Miami continues toward its December 2018 completion date (tracked by this nifty countdown clock), the computer drawings for the structure have been revealed, showing the complex structure in section, elevation and detail.

Construction of the 62-story skyscraper is getting close to topping out as it rises past its neighbors on Biscayne Bay.

Check out the drawings below as well as the latest interior and exterior renderings in the gallery at the bottom of the page.

Exoskeleton Detail Profiles. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects Ground Floor Elevation. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects Elevation. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects Mid-level. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects + 33

Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte Beats Out 30 Top Firms in Munich Concert Hall Competition

15:30 - 2 November, 2017
1st Prize - Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten. Image Courtesy of Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten
1st Prize - Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten. Image Courtesy of Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten

The Austrian firm Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte has been selected as the winner of an international competition for the design of a signature new concert hall in Munich, Germany, beating out proposals from 30 of the world’s most notable architecture practices.

The competition tasked architects with designing a stand-alone new structure on a 5,300-square-meter site near the Ostbahnhof train station in the neighborhood of Werksviertel. The building program included an overall floor area of approximately 9,500 square meters, including a larger 1800-seat concert hall and a more intimate 600-seat venue that satisfy “the most exacting acoustic requirements.”

2nd Prize - PFP Planungs. Image Courtesy of PFP Planungs 3rd Prize - David Chipperfield Architects. Image Courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects 4th Prize - 3XN. Image Courtesy of 3XN 5th Prize - Staab Architekten. Image Courtesy of Staab Architekten + 49