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Hadid's Contemporary Arts Centre design goes on show

The first fruits of Zaha Hadid's design work for Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Centre will be revealed in the uk next week.

The £25 million scheme - shown in the us last week - includes gallery space, sweeping ramps and an interactive museum in a space described by the architect as an 'urban carpet'. It will be unveiled at London's Hayward Gallery on 14 December.

The 8000m2 building will also have a large lobby, a mezzanine cafe and offices in an envelope of glass and possibly metal panelling. The glazed lobby and offices will be 'almost clipped on to the building' and will lead through the opaque walls of the gallery and a performance space for 250 people, said architect Markus Dochantschi. There will also be an 'un- museum' - an interactive educational area with workshops for children.

The reinforced-concrete structure of five storeys was well received when shown in the us, said Dochantschi. 'The Mid West is known to be conservative, yet Cincinnati has university buildings by Frank Gehry and Peter Eisenman,' he added.

Competition for the downtown Cincinnati building was fierce, with more than 300 architects considered. Building work will start at the end of next year for completion at the end of 2001.

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