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Zaha reveals plans for Montpellier - image

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Zaha Hadid Architects has finalised the designs for this new civic building in Montpellier.

The scheme will act as a key new local government building in the French city.

Its 'envelope' will bring together three departments: the city library, the city archive and the city sports department.

According to a spokesman for Zaha, the designs are based on a commitment to functionality.

'The building has been developed on the basis of a rigorous pursuit of functional and economic logic combined with the organisational diagram of a 'tree of knowledge'.

'The resultant figure is reminiscent of a large tree-trunk with the archives located at the solid base of the trunk, followed by the slightly more porous library with the sports department and its well-lit offices on top where the trunk bifurcates and becomes much lighter,' he added.

It is unclear when the building will start on site.

by Ed Dorrell

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