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New Architecture in UAE by Zaha Hadid

26 May 2009

Performing Arts Centre Abu Dhabi

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Zaha Hadid Architects announce the design of the Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre : a new cultural institution for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation on behalf of the Tourism Development and Investment Company of Abu Dhabi (TDIC).

Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre Building

Zaha Hadid unveiled the design of the new Performing Arts Centre building at a press conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE today, 31 Jan 2007.

Hadid’s Performing Arts Centre concept, a 62 metre high building is proposing to house five theatres – a music hall, concert hall, opera house, drama theatre and a flexible theatre with a combined seating capacity for 6,300. The Centre building may also house an Academy of Performing Arts.

The Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre will be one of five major cultural institutions on the new 270-hectacre cultural district of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi – developed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation on behalf of the Tourism Development and Investment Company of Abu Dhabi (TDIC).

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Zaha Hadid described the design of the Performing Arts Centre as “a sculptural form that emerges from a linear intersection of pedestrian paths within the cultural district, gradually developing into a growing organism that sprouts a network of successive branches. 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.”

“The Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre is a continuation of the long-standing relationship we have with the Guggenheim Foundation and with the Emirate. We are very honoured to be a part of the project,” states architect Zaha Hadid. “Our first Guggenheim exhibition design, ‘The Great Utopias’, was in 1992 whilst the very successful mid-retrospective of our work closed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York less than two months ago. We’ve also been working in Abu Dhabi for many years, the Sheikh Zayed Bridge was a seminal project for the office and its construction is well underway”.

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Thomas Krens, Director of the Guggenheim Foundation said, “In Abu Dhabi we have had the good fortune to discover a partner that not only shares our point of view, but expands upon it. The architecture plans for Saadiyat Island and the cultural district, envisioned and developed by the Abu Dhabi Government, are, quite simply, extraordinary. When this comprehensive and inclusive vision is realised, it will set a standard for global culture that will resonate for decades to come.”

The Abu Dhabi Cultural District on Saadiyat Island
The Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation has been working with the Tourism Development and Investment Company of Abu Dhabi (TDIC) to develop all five institutions of the Saadiyat Island cultural district. The five institutions of the the Abu Dhabi Cultural District on Saadiyat Island:

1. Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
2. Contemporary Arts Museum (Guggenheim Abu Dhabi) by Frank Gehry Partners
3. Classical Art Museum Building by Jean Nouvel Studios
4. Maritime Museum Building by Tadao Ando Architects
5. Sheikh Zayed National Museum Building (Architect tbc)

Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre – Architecture information + pictures from Zaha Hadid Architects 310107

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Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
Building Project Details & Architecture Credit List:

PROGRAM: Performing Arts Centre building proposing to house 5 theaters: concert hall; music hall; opera house; drama theater; flexible theatre with combined seating capacity for 6,300. The centre may also house an academy of performing arts.

CLIENT: The Tourism Development and Investment Company of Abu Dhabi (TDIC)

ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
Project Director: Nils-Peter Fischer
Project Architects: Britta Knobel, Daniel Widrig
Project Team: Jeandonne Schijlen, Melike Altisinik, Arnoldo Rabago, Zhi Wang, Rojia Forouhar, Jaime Serra Avila, Diego Rosales, Erhan Patat, Samer Chamoun, Philipp Vogt, Rafael Portillo

CONSULTANTS: Theatre Consultants: AMPC Anne Minors Performance [London]
Acoustics Consultants: Sound Space Design (Bob Essert), London
Structural, Fire, Traffic & Building Services Consultants: WSP Group [London] with WSP [Middle East] Directors Bill Price and Ron Slade
Building Cost Consultants: Gardiner & Theobald, London [UK] Gary Faulkner
Façade sample Construction: KGE King Glass Engineering Group [Zhuhai, China]

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