Saturday05 September 2015

Zaha Hadid shortlisted for Colombian convention centre

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Shortlist also contains Snohetta and Diller Scofidio & Renfro

Zaha Hadid Architects is one of five finalists in a competition to design an international convention cente in the Colombian capital, Bogota.

It is only UK practice on a shortlist which also includes US firm Diller Scofidio & Renfro and Norwegian outfit Snohetta.

Hadid’s partner is JMPF whose work includes a Spanish cultural centre in Bogota and the Plaza Cisneros in Medellin, both in Colombia.

The competition, being run with adviser Gensler, aims to put Bogota on the world map as a dynamic, inclusive and sustainable city.

Consuelo Caldas, president of the Bogota Chamber of Commerce, said he hoped for an “urban icon comparable to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Opera House in Sydney or the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao”.

The brief calls for a 24,000sq m convention centre with a main auditorium for 4,000 people and 15 smaller rooms of varying sizes.

The building should “showcase design innovation and sustainability and should support regeneration of the surrounding neighborhood”, it says.

A winner is due to be announced in August and the centre should open in May 2014.

The shortlist:

• Zaha Hadid Architects (UK) with JMPF (Colombia)

• Diller Scofidio + Renfro (USA) with UdeB (Colombia)

•  Saucier Perrote Architectes (Canada)

• Snohetta (Norway) with RIR (Colombia)

• Bermúdez & Herreros Architects (Colombia and Spain)



Readers' comments (4)

  • marianna cavada

    A difficult task indeed to reflect the mixed and rich culture, ethos and Architecture of ''Athens of South America'' Bogota, the Colombian capital, which has been successfully revealed and known already, as portrayed by the Colombian, Nobel price awarded, Gabriel Garthia Marquez.

    Marianna Cavada, Shanghai

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  • bitter pill

    there'll be none of that...
    hadid will churn out more of her global parametric style... as usual...

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  • I’ve found a very good text about Hadid, I recommend to read it.


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  • marianna cavada

    i visited hadid's guangzhou opera (china) and the building works very well with cool spaces. although i wouldn't expect a historical museum facade, i anticipate of the 5 will create contemporary expression of the Bototan spirit

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