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Zaha Hadid continues work on Seville project despite court ruling

Zaha Hadid is to continue construction of the controversial Seville library in the face of public opposition and a court ruling against the firm

The £4million library at the city’s university, described by Hadid as ‘a sculpted bar of stone with a great contrast between solidity and transparency’, has fallen foul of local residents, who claim the library will occupy 8 per cent of the Prado de San Sebastian, a green area that provides welcome sanctuary in the summer months for residents.

However, following the court ruling in the residents favour, AJ has been informed by Hadid the practice will continue construction during the appeal process - in direct contravention of the resident association’s demands.

The statement said: ‘The Government of Andalucía, the Seville City Council and the University of Seville will be appealing the ruling. All construction works continue as normal throughout the appeal process.’

The three-storey building will cover 8,000 m2 and house reading rooms, cafes, auditoriums, computer rooms and parking.

In a statement to the court, the residents said: ‘The specifications regarding the new library clearly violate the protection measures derived from the fact that the Prado de San Sebastian is part of Seville’s historic city centre.’

Readers' comments (1)

  • Steven Webb

    Universities need their own micro-climate of aspiration and wonderment . Truly, this is a wondrous building, a fine place to seek sanctuary.

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