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Thursday31 July 2014

The head, heart and tail of Zaha Hadid’s Chengdu art centre

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Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its plans for the largest cultural building in China, the Chengdu Contemporary Art Centre in Sichuan province

The Yin Yang-shaped 200,000sq m complex includes three huge auditoriums, an art museum, an exhibition centre, a conference centre, a learning centre, bars, restaurants and shops, all housed within a single sculptural form.

The building, which Hadid won in competition in 2007, is also the largest standalone structure the practice has ever designed.

Project architect Markus Planteu said the centre comprises three main elements: a “head” which, makes up the cultural component, the “tail” which contains the conference and exhibition facilities and the central “heart” which includes circulation space and a lobby with a span of 50m.

“You could bring up to 20,000 people at the same time into the building,” he said.

The centre is surrounded by a 140,000sq m landscaped area and is part of a larger development, which includes a 1.3 million sq m theme park and leisure complex.

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  • zecks_marquise

    what are gonna fill it with? maybe it is actually a high tech prison for Wei Wei

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  • I've got a little car vacuum cleaner which looks just like that.

    Hadid yet again gets confused between aesthetic sculpture which serves no function other than to be looked at, and architecture which means the doodles of shapes she likes to come up with will actually be built, serve a purpose and require people to live their lives in and among these ghastly oppressive ego statements of hers.

    Please go away Zaha, if you want your shapes to be usable, try designing cutlery or something, just leave the built environment alone. It's not for you, and you are most certainly not for it.

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  • dont like this at all, ironically ugly

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  • another stupid Rhino generated blob!

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  • does the first pic not look like a sperm?

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