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Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Center | Zaha Hadid Architects

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ABU DHABI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER BY ZAHA HADID & PATRIK SCHUMACHER

CONCEPT: Analytical studies of organizational systems and growth in the natural world lead to the set of topologies that are the framework of the Performing Art Centre’s distinct formal language.

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These natural scenarios are formed by energy being supplied to enclosed systems, and the subsequent decrease in energy caused by development of organized structures.

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The ‘energy’ of the Performing Art Centre is symbolized by the predominant movements in the urban fabric along the pedestrian corridor and the Cultural Centre’s seafront promenade – the site’s two intersecting primary elements.

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Branching algorithms and growth-simulation processes have been used to develop spatial representations into a set of basic geometries, and then superimposed with programmatic diagrams and architectonic interpretations in a series of iteration cycles. The primary components of this biological analogy (branches, stems, fruits and leaves) are transformed from abstract diagrams into architectonic design.

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Project Info:

Abu Dhabi, UAE 2007–TBC
PROGRAM: Performing Arts Centre 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 may also house an Academy of Performing Arts.
CLIENT: The Tourism Development and Investment Company of Abu Dhabi (TDIC)
SIZE: Height: 62 m, Width: 135 m, Length: 490 m (including Bridge), Total Floor Area: 62770 m², Footprint: 25800 m² (excluding Bridge), Levels: 10 above, 4 underground

ARCHITECT:
ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS
DESIGN: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Nils-Peter Fischer
PROJECT ARCHITECT: Britta Knobel, Daniel Widrig
PROJECT TEAM: Jeandonne Schijlen, Melike Altinisik, Arnoldo Rabago, Zhi Wang, Rojia Forouhar, Jaime Serra Avila, Diego Rosales, Erhan Patat, Samer Chamoun, Philipp Vogt, Rafael Portillo

CONSULTANTS:
STRUCTURAL/FIRE/TRAFFIC/BUILDING SERVICES: WSP Group (London, UK) with WSP (Middle East)
THEATRE: AMPC Anne Minors Performance Consultants (London, UK)
ACOUSTIC: Sound Space Design (London, UK)
COST: Gardiner & Theobald (London, UK), Gary Faulkner
FACADE SAMPLE CONSTRUCTION: KGE King Glass Engineering Group (Zhuhai, China)

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