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