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Hadid to build new arts complex in Abu Dhabi - images

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These are the first images of Zaha Hadid's performing arts centre in Abu Dhabi - the centrepiece of the Solomon R Guggenheim Saadiyat Island cultural district project.

Incredibly, Hadid's new complex - which will house a music auditorium, concert hall, opera house and two theatres - is merely the tip of an astonishing architectural iceberg proposed for the 270ha plot.

The Pritzker prize-winner's building will sit alongside schemes by global stars Tadao Ando, Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry, who has designed the new Guggenheim Abu Dhabi contemporary arts museum.

It is understood that a world-famous, but as yet unnamed, architect is also expected to draw up plans for a new Sheikh Zayed National Museum.

Hadid's 62m-tall centre will boast a combined seating capacity of around 6,300 and may become home to a new Academy of Performing Arts.

Describing the design of the centre, Hadid explained that the building's sculptural form 'emerges from a linear intersection of pedestrian paths within the cultural district, gradually developing into a growing organism that sprouts a network of successive branches.'

She added: 'As it winds through the site, the architecture increases in complexity, building up height and depth and achieving multiple summits in the bodies housing the performance spaces, which spring from the structure like fruits on a vine and face westward, toward the water.'

by Richard Waite

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