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Apr 5, 2011

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Elk Grove Civic Centre Design Study by Zaha Hadid Architects

Design: Zaha Hadid Architects

Following the international competition held in 2006, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) were chosen to create initial conceptual proposals for the Civic Centre of the City of Elk Grove, California, a fast-growing suburb of Sacramento.

Elk Grove Civic Centre Sacramento
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The main objective of the Elk Grove Civic Centre Design Study was to explore a wealth of possible ides for programmatic distribution; incorporating the city’s requirement for initial ‘visioning’ proposals that identify all the project components while keeping the opportunities for flexibility.

The city commissioned AECOM to provide ZHA a brief for the 76ha site consisting of 3 main aspects: Civic, Commercial and Recreational. The civic aspect includes a library, children’s discovery centre, community and performance centres. The commercial aspect included a hotel, retail and conference center, while the recreational aspect include gym, tournament fields, park and a wetland.

ZHA’s proposals were discussed in a series of three public meetings over the past six months, with feedback incorporated into the further studies.

Elk Grove Civic Centre Sacramento by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Following the public consultations, the preferred programmatic distribution placed the majority of the built urban programme clustered within the northern parcel of the site, with the south parcel being dedicated to the sports and recreational functions.

The two hubs of the proposal, ‘urban’ (north) and ‘sports’ (south), are to be connected with a development housing all the civic elements of the programme – allowing the flexibility for all the commercial elements to be developed separately. This strategy also allows for a more economic sharing of services, maintenance and running costs of the civic programme.

The proposal also includes a public plaza at the heart of the northern hub, providing a focal point for the Civic Centre and a place where different demographic and user-groups interact.

ZHA have now completed the final stage of the design study – with the study option proposing a concentrated density being unanimously chosen by the city council on 23 March.

The design and construction of specific buildings is envisioned for a later phase and under a separate bidding/competition process once the private public-partnership has been established and secured funding.

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Elk Grove Civic Centre design : architect Zaha Hadid

Location: Elk Grove Civic Centre, Sacramento, CA, USA

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