Zaha Hadid-designed Morpheus Hotel with worlds first high-rise exoskeleton opens in Macau

June 15, 2018 by  
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Macau has officially opened the doors to Morpheus, a sculptural, 40-story luxury hotel that also boasts the “world’s first” high-rise exoskeleton—a curvaceous lattice-like covering that gives the building its iconic appearance. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects , the sleek and sinuous structure serves as the new flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort. The $1.1-billion architectural icon is one of the last projects that architect Zaha Hadid worked on before her untimely death. Morpheus Hotel is the latest addition to Macau’s City of Dreams, an integrated resort that includes a casino , two theaters, a shopping district, 20 restaurants and four hotels on the Cotai Strip. Taking inspiration from China’s rich traditions of jade carving, the architects crafted Morpheus with flowing curves that define the exterior and interior design. “Conceived as a vertical extrusion of its rectangular footprint, a series of voids is carved through its centre to create an urban window connecting the hotel’s interior communal spaces with the city and generating the sculptural forms that define the hotel’s public spaces,” wrote Zaha Hadid Architects in a statement. The Morpheus’ exoskeleton wraps around a pair of towers and a central atrium that soars to a height of 35 meters, while its ground level is connected to the City of Dreams resort’s surrounding three-story podium. A series of sky bridges traverse the atrium, while twelve glass elevators offer spectacular views of the hotel’s interior and exterior. The hotel houses 770 guest rooms, suites and sky villas as well as civic spaces, meeting and event facilities, game rooms, three restaurants, a spa and rooftop pool, and back-of-house areas and ancillary facilities. Related: Zaha Hadid Unveils Plans for “City of Dreams” Hotel Tower in Macau The use of an exoskeleton allowed for the creation of expansive interiors uninterrupted by supporting walls or columns. “Morpheus combines its optimal arrangement with structural integrity and sculptural form,” adds Viviana Muscettola, ZHA’s project director. “The design is intriguing as it makes no reference to traditional architectural typologies.” + Zaha Hadid Architects Images by Virgile Simon Bertrand

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New images revealed for Zaha Hadid Architects LEED Platinum-seeking Generali Tower in Milan

April 26, 2018 by  
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Zaha Hadid Architects just revealed new images of their soon-to-be-completed Generali Tower, a twisting glazed landmark in Milan targeting LEED Platinum certification. The sculptural building was created as part of the massive CityLife masterplan that, when completed in 2020, will mark the largest new civic space and public park created in the city since the opening of Parco Sempione 130 years ago. The 44-story Generali Tower, along with two other towers, serves as the centerpiece for CityLife. The 557-foot-tall Generali Tower is aligned with the surrounding public park at its base but gradually twists to orientate the upper floors in alignment with the primary southeast axis leading to Bramante’s 15th Century tribune of Santa Maria della Grazie and beyond. Algorithms were used to determine the “torsion of the tower, induced by the warping of the columns around the core,” wrote the architects. “The curvilinear geometries of its podium defined by the perceived centripetal forces generated from the staggered intersection of these three city axes at the tower’s base.” Related: Zaha Hadid Architects designs robot-assisted vaulted classrooms for China The building features a reinforced concrete structure clad in a double-facade system that, in addition with sun-deflecting louvers, helps ensure excellent energy performance. The Generali Tower’s interiors will be completed this summer and house up to 3,900 employees. Once CityLife is completed, the 90-acre site will offer 1,000 new homes, offices for over 11,000 staff, a new 42-acre public park, piazzas, and a kindergarten. + Zaha Hadid Architects Images by Hufton + Crow

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Pollution Pods let visitors taste pollution from around the world

April 26, 2018 by  
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Air pollution is a silent killer responsible for millions of death worldwide. In a bid to highlight the environmental problem, British artist Michael Pinsky set up five interconnected geodesic domes, dubbed the “pollution pods,” that let passersby sample air quality from five cities around the world including Beijing, São Paulo, Brazil; London; New Delhi; and Norway’s Tautra Island. Created in collaboration with Danish air filtering company Airlabs, the temporary installation popped up for Earth Day outside London’s Somerset House. Pinsky simulated each city’s atmospheric conditions using safe chemicals that emulate the relative presence of ozone, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide . Visitors pass through increasingly polluted cells starting with the pristine Norwegian island of Tautra, followed by “Living Diesel” London , smoggy New Delhi, hazy Beijing, and finally smoky São Paulo, after which visitors get respite by exiting through the Tautra pod. Related: Blue LED Rings On Famous London Monuments Show Just How Far Sea Levels Could Rise The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim originally commissioned Pinsky for the installation as part of the Climart project in Norway . The project was brought over to London temporarily and was on display until yesterday, April 25. Pollution Pods aims to bring greater attention to the issue of air pollution and inspire behavioral change; visitors are also offered a leaflet detailing ways to reduce exposure to air pollution in London. + Michael Pinsky Via NY Times Images via Somerset House , by Peter Macdiarmid

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Zaha Hadid Architects designs robot-assisted vaulted classrooms for China

April 19, 2018 by  
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Zaha Hadid Architects unveiled designs for Lushan Primary School that blends forward-thinking construction techniques with deference to ancient Chinese culture. Located in the remote and beautiful countryside 160 kilometers northwest of Jiangxi’s capital Nanchang, Lushan Primary School will serve 12 local villages and offer a curriculum that focuses on the creative arts and STEM subjects. To reduce construction time and demands, the campus buildings will be housed in a series of modular vaulted spaces built with local in-situ concrete techniques and formwork prepared by an industrial robot on site. Created for children aged 3 to 12 years, the Lushan Primary School is expected to accommodate approximately 120 students within 9 classrooms. In addition to teaching spaces, the campus will also include a dormitory and utility buildings, all of which will be housed within a series of barrel and parabolic vaults optimized for landscape views and natural light. The cantilevered roofs help mitigate the solar gain of Jiangxi’s sub-tropical climate and provide a covered space for outdoor teaching. A long central courtyard between the classrooms serves as the school’s main circulation space and play area. “The barrel and parabolic vaults act as the school’s primary structure and enclosure, with each vault performing as an individual structural element,” wrote the architects. “To minimise construction time and also reduce the number of separate building elements required to be transported to the school’s remote location, ZHA proposes to combine the local skills of in-situ concrete construction with new advancements in hot-wire cut foam formwork that can be prepared on site by an industrial robot to create the barrel and parabolic shaped moulds. The modularity of the vaults enables moulds to be used multiple times, further accelerating the construction process and reducing costs.” Related: New images capture Zaha Hadid’s luxury High Line condos in NYC In a nod to the region’s long history with high-quality ceramics dating back to the Ming Dynasty, the vaulted buildings will feature a ceramic external finish laid in a dark gradient of tones that contrasts with the whitewashed interiors. The school is situated on a peninsula and will be elevated five meters above the 50-year flood level. A natural water catchment area surrounds the school for protection and also offers space for outdoor teaching spaces and sports facilities. + Zaha Hadid Architects Images by Zaha Hadid Architects and VA

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New images capture Zaha Hadids luxury High Line condos in NYC

March 16, 2018 by  
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Photographers Hufton+Crow have captured new images of 520 West 28th, the Zaha Hadid -designed luxury condos that loom large over New York City’s High Line Park. Completed last year, the LEED-seeking curvaceous building is a stunning sculptural triumph that’s equally impressive indoors with its wealth of high-tech amenities. The building’s expressive steel facade has an undeniably futuristic feel, yet its handcrafted elements pay homage to Chelsea’s industrial past. Located in a community home to over 350 art galleries, 520 West 28th boasts a sculptural facade complementing the public art punctuating the High Line . The sinuous facade comprises 900 pieces of hand-rubbed steel woven like a continuous chevron ribbon between panoramic curved glazing. For a greater industrial feel, the steel pieces were brushed and tinted by hand for a blackened finish. Related: Zaha Hadid launches her High Line-hugging, LEED-seeking 520 West 28th Street residences The 11-story building houses 39 units with split levels that, according to the architects, “define varied living spaces and echoes the multiple layers of civic space on 28th Street and the High Line.” All residences feature 11-foot-tall coffered ceilings and sumptuous interiors fitted with Boffi kitchens by Zaha Hadid Design as well as a slew of high-tech perks from automated valet parking to mechanized storage. Many residences even boast a private elevator lobby and all residents have access to a wellness level with spa and 25-yard sky-lit lap pool , sculpture garden, and entertainment suite with an IMAX theater. + Zaha Hadid Architects Images by Hufton+Crow

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Zaha Hadid Architects breaks ground on Mexicos City tallest residential tower

November 10, 2017 by  
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Construction has begun on the Bora Residential Tower, a high-rise designed by Zaha Hadid Architects that, when completed, will be the tallest residential tower in Mexico City . Located in the Santa Fe business district in the west of the capital, the luxury complex features Zaha Hadid’s recognizable tapered shape at its base, where the building curves inward before flaring out into “swirling” canopies. The site-specific building optimizes access to natural light and views, while mitigating seismic conditions. Commissioned in 2015 by Nemesis Capital , the Bora Residential Tower occupies prime real estate within walking distance to schools, theaters, cafes, restaurants, and the new Santa Fe Transit Hub that will connect to the city’s metro network next year. The 28-hectare La Mexicana park lies adjacent as well as three universities and the regional offices of Fortune 500 firms including the likes of Apple , Microsoft, and Amazon. Boasting over 50 floors, the record-breaking Bora will comprise over 220 apartments of one, two, and three bedrooms designed for diverse clientele from first-time homeowners and families to retirees. To maximize access to natural light and panoramic views, each apartment features private balconies that extrude vertically. The building’s base tapers inward and then flares out into canopies to shade street-level civic spaces with restaurants and shops. Related: Beautiful co-working space takes over a former industrial factory in Mexico City “The tower’s structure has also been designed for optimum flexibility and ductility, as well as an overall reduction in its weight, to best respond in seismic conditions, with the ten-storey canopies at its base providing additional lateral stability,” wrote Zaha Hadid Architects. + Zaha Hadid Architects Images via Zaha Hadid Architects and LabTop

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Zaha Hadid Architects to build worlds greenest football stadium

November 11, 2016 by  
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As the centerpiece of the pastoral Eco Park , the Forest Green stadium will serve more than just a recreational purpose. The stadium will be built almost entirely of wood for a very low carbon footprint —ZHA says it will have the lowest embodied carbon of any stadium in the world—and pave the way for eco-friendly development in the 100-acre sports and green technology business park. The structure will also accommodate occupational uses outside of football to enable the town to use the stadium year-round. Related: Architects want to transform this football stadium into a giant wave pool “Forest Green Rovers’ new stadium and Eco Park aims to be carbon neutral or carbon negative, including measures such as the provision of on-site renewable energy generation,” said Jim Heverin, Director at ZHA. “The buildings on the site, and their embodied energy, play a substantial role in achieving this ambitious target and demonstrate sustainable architecture can be dynamic and beautiful.” All the timber will be sustainably sourced , from the roof cantilevers and louvered cladding to the seating terraces to the floor slab. A transparent membrane will cover the stadium’s roof to shade the players and spectators, and offer an opportunity for turf growth. + Zaha Hadid Architects Images via Zaha Hadid Architects

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RIBA International Prize reveals shortlist of the worlds most significant and inspirational buildings

October 27, 2016 by  
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Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre Formerly an 1890s sweet potato distillery, the Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre in The Azores is a stunning example of adaptive reuse that goes beyond the average restoration project. Menos é Mais and Arquitectos Associados with João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto renovated the structure but preserved elements of the building’s history, including its eye-catching black Basalt exterior. The old cloisters and cells unearthed from the old distillery basement have been brought back to life and provide ancient backdrops for contemporary programs. Heydar Aliyev Centre Zaha Hadid Architects’ Heydar Aliyev Centre is a curvaceous beauty created to celebrate Azerbaijan’s independence and first president Heyday Aliyev. Located in the capital of Baku, the contemporary building is a powerful symbol of the break from the Soviet era both in its diverse and arts-oriented program and in its stunning wave-like design. The Heydar Aliyev Centre, built in 2013, also received the 2014 Design of the Year Award . Museo Jumex The beautiful travertine-clad Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield Architects houses the world’s largest private collection of Latin American contemporary art in the heart of Mexico City. Despite its modern design and program, the building is topped with a sawtooth roof with original factory roof lights in homage to the site’s industrial heritage. The luxurious and light-filled contemporary arts museum is a calming oasis in a bustling and overcrowded city. Stormen Concert Hall, Theatre and Public Library The Norwegian town of Bodø, located 100 kilometers inside the Arctic Circle , may be small but it’s also home to the impressive Stormen Concert Hall that’s considered comparable to the New York’s Carnegie Hall for symphonic music. Designed by DRDH Architects, the project comprises two extremely popular and beloved civic buildings: the larger theater building and a smaller library building. The walls are made from engineered stone with 70% marble aggregate that glisten, glow, and change colors in the presence of the Arctic sunshine. The Ring of Remembrance The Ring of Remembrance is a war memorial in Northern France engraved with names of the thousands who died in the region during World War I. Agence d’architecture Philippe Prost (AAPP) designed the memorial, which is set on the Hill of Lorette in Notre-Dame-de-Lorette with panoramic views over the battlefields of the plain of Artois. Made from black fiber-reinforced high strength concrete, the elegant elliptical structure cantilevers out into the landscape and symbolizes unity in the form of a human chain. UTEC – Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología Grafton Architects designed Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC), a new academic building for a 50-year-old engineering university in Lima that provides more than just an education. Crafted in the likeness of a modern-day Machu Picchu, this geometric concrete building is draped in greenery and symbolizes a bold and positive future for Peru. A variety of meeting spaces punctuate the building both in the interior and exterior. + RIBA Images via RIBA

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People are making Halloween great again with these terrifying Trumpkins

October 27, 2016 by  
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The first Trumpkin on our list, and possibly the most terrifying entry, is painted on the face of the pumpkin rather than carved. A tuft of real hair finishes off the eerie image. It was posted on Instagram by user @ktmod with the tasteful caption, “Grab ’em by the pumpkin.” #Trumpkin lol 🎃🍁Happy Hump Day!!!🕸🍂🍁 A photo posted by lucymorey3 (@lucymorey3) on Oct 26, 2016 at 9:45am PDT This Trumpkin by @lucymorey3 really captures The Donald’s natural speaking style: shouting hatefully. This next Trumpkin by Instagram user @petermartindk takes a more classic approach, transforming the presidential candidate into a glowing jack-o-lantern. We dig the minimalist approach here. Spotted this on the way home tonight #trumpkin A photo posted by @bubbeemonkey on Oct 26, 2016 at 12:29pm PDT Instagram user @bubeemonkey may not be responsible for carving this smug-looking Trumpkin, but we’d like to thank them for sharing it with the world. Reddit user Shazkitten decided to take a more photorealistic approach – a surprisingly detailed portrait, considering the medium. Interestingly, this Trumpkin was originally posted last Halloween. A sign of things to come? Good effort @sainsburys. 🎃😂 #Trumpkin #Hilary #PresidentialDebate #Halloween A photo posted by Divya 🌺🔮? (@divyadancer) on Oct 26, 2016 at 10:52am PDT These Sainsbury’s pumpkins have an almost sculptural quality — they’re definitely not your average pumpkin carving. They both look a bit too happy, though, considering how bitter the election has gotten. This painted masterpiece is the work of John Kettman of LaSalle, Illinois. Kettman has been painting portraits on pumpkins for about 6 years, but this autumn he took a political turn with his gourd art. In addition to his Trumpkin, he’s also created Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders pumpkins. Happy National Pumpkin Day! #nationalpumpkinday #NYCpumpkin #nychalloween #trump #clinton #trumpkin #election2016 #election2016🇺🇸 A photo posted by PaulsdaBurgerJoint (@paulsdaburgerjoint) on Oct 26, 2016 at 8:05am PDT Another pair of matching Hillary and Donald pumpkins courtesy of @PaulsdaBurgerJoint . These two look like they just stepped onto the floor of the debates. Ohio pumpkin artist Jennette Paras chooses someone in the news as her source of inspiration in a personal tradition dating back 25 years. This Halloween, she transformed a massive, 374-pound pumpkin into a likeness of Donald Trump – an effort that took six separate blond wigs attached to the gourd. Nearby, she’s placed a sign suggesting visitors “make pumpkins great again.” #trumpkin is done. My sissy is going to dab some yellowish…crap on its head to make the hair look like his head. #acrylicpainting #smashthetrumpkin #fuckofftrump #anyonebuttrump #artsy A photo posted by Cassie Tucker (@tangledinreverie) on Oct 24, 2016 at 9:57pm PDT This Trumpkin by @tangledinreverie really captures Trump’s luxurious, windswept locks. David Jones’ Trumpkin takes a minimalist, pop-art approach that captures the candidate perfectly. Unlike some of the others on this list, he’s avoided using a wig to depict Trump’s famous hair, instead repurposing the inside of the pumpkin to form some kind of squash toupee. #trump #pumpkin #fall #diy #justbecause #funny #hilarious #lol #Trumpkin #trumppumpkin #trending #potd #picoftheday #photoofday #halloween #October #autumn A photo posted by Tiffany Marz 🌟🎙🎬🕆? (@tiffany_marz) on Oct 25, 2016 at 3:03pm PDT This Trumpkin by @tiffany_marz takes an interesting new approach, with the outside of the pumpkin modified with what appears to be sculpted clay, rather than painted or carved. Imgur user Fizzgig posted a more somber approach with this contemplative Trumpkin created by their mother. Still dying from one of our winning pumpkins today! 😂😂😂😂 #haha #pumpkin #ThatHairTho #trumpkin #worklife A photo posted by Jacqui🔵YouTuber/Blogger (@jduran1313) on Oct 25, 2016 at 2:39pm PDT Another creative new approach to the art of pumpkin decorating by @jduran1313 — collaged instead of painted, this time. This superb Trumpkin is the work of master pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon . If you’d like to learn how to create your own pumpkin-based masterpiece, he walked HuffPost through his process in this fantastic tutorial . Hard days work at the lab #trumpkin #surgeonsmakegoodcarvers #drumpf thanks @twiskle for capturing the glory A photo posted by Erika WS (@erika_whartonshumthing) on Oct 25, 2016 at 12:42pm PDT This defensive Trumpkin by @erika_whartonshumthing looks like it’s had better days. If you’d like to revisit your favorite moments from the debates, look no further than Valerie Miller’s Trumpkin. We can almost hear this pumpkin shouting “Wrong!” at approaching trick-or-treaters. Images via The Daily Beast (1, 2), Reddit (3), NBC News Chicago (4), NBC San Diego (5), Dangerous Minds (6), Yahoo! News (7,9), Huffington Post (8), and Instagram  (embedded)

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Zaha Hadid Architects renovate a derelict fire station into Antwerps new BREEAM-rated port headquarters

September 23, 2016 by  
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The new Port House in Antwerp was created as a “sustainable and future-proof workplace” replacement for the former 1990s offices scattered around the city that had housed the port’s 500 staff. The need for expansion and consolidation came as no surprise—Antwerp is Europe’s second largest shipping port, transporting more than 200 million tonnes of goods via the ocean-going vessels and providing direct employment for over 60,000 people. The City and Port authorities selected a historic disused fire station on Mexico Island in Antwerp’s Kattendijk dock on Quay 63, citing significant sustainable construction benefits due to the ability to transport building materials over water. ZHA won the city’s architecture competition for the new design thanks to its proposal that combined the modern design with detailed historical research and analysis. Instead of adding the extension as a neighboring volume, ZHA placed the new volume on top like a crown so as to preserve the building’s four elevations. “These three key principles define the design’s composition of new and old: a new volume that ‘floats’ above the old building, respecting each of the old facades and completing the verticality of the original design’s unrealised tower,” write the architects. “With constant references to the Scheldt, the city of Antwerp and the dynamics of its port, married with the successful renovation and reuse of a redundant fire station – integrating it as a fully-fledged part of its headquarters – the new Port House will serve the port well through its planned expansion over future generations.” Related: Zaha Hadid Architects’ Melbourne high-rise will use 50 percent less energy than the typical mixed-use tower The new extension is clad in triangular glazed panels that reflect different parts of the surrounding sky and water for a shimmering effect. Some of the triangular facets are transparent to allow sunlight to enter the building and to control solar load. The facade’s sparkling appearance is a nod to Antwerp’s moniker as the city of diamonds and changes its appearance depending on the time of day. Glass is also used for the new roof of the old fire station’s courtyard. The renovated building and extension prioritize energy efficiency and include a borehole energy system, chilled ceilings, building automation, and waterless lavatory fittings that helped the project reach a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM environmental rating. + Zaha Hadid Architects Images via Zaha Hadid Architects , by Hufton+Crow and Tim Fisher

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