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Zaha Hadid unveils new cultural centre in Jordan

Zaha Hadid has unveiled her proposals for the new King Abdullah II House of Culture & Art in Amman, Jordan

The performing arts and cultural centre will house a 1600-seat concert theatre, 400-seat theatre, educational centre, rehearsal rooms, and galleries.

According to the practice, ‘the architectural expression for the new performing arts centre has been inspired by the uniquely beautiful monument of Petra’ claiming that ‘as an artificial oasis and sanctuary, the ancient city of Petra is an appropriate source of analogy for a performing arts centre that aspires to be an oasis and sanctuary for contemporary culture.’

‘Contemporary architecture is striving to emulate nature and imbue architecture with the elegance of natural forms’

A spokesman added: ‘Contemporary architecture is striving to emulate nature and imbue architecture with the intricate complexity and elegance of natural forms. In Petra we admire the way the rose-coloured mountain walls have been fissured, eroded, carved and polished to reveal the strata of sedimentation along the fluid lines of the fluvial erosions.’

Zaha Hadid Architects landed the project in June 2008 following an international competition, seeing off Snøhetta, Atelier Christian de Portzamparc, Austrian-based Delugan Meissl, Henning Larsens Tegnestue and Kerry Hill Architects from Singapore.

Yesterday (22 February) marked the official ‘contract signing’ to take the project forward.

Construction work is due to starty in early 2012.

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