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Hadid reveals £100 million Rabat Grand Theatre plans


[FIRST LOOK] These are the first images of Zaha Hadid Architects’ proposed new £100 million Rabat Grand Theatre in Morocco

Earlier this month project backers, the Bouregreg Valley Development Agency, confirmed it had signed a deal with the Moroccan Minister of Economy & Finance, the Minister of the Interior and the Hassan II Fund for Economic & Social Development to fund the 27,000m² scheme.

The project includes a main 2,050-seat theatre, a smaller 520-seat auditorium, creative studios and an outdoor amphitheatre with a capacity of up to 7,000 people.

The Rabat Grand Theatre is being hailed as a centrepiece of the development of the 6,000 ha Bouregreg Valley in the heart of the Moroccan capital.

Hadid said: ‘I am delighted to be building the Grand Theatre in Rabat… Morocco’s unique musical traditions and rich cultural history in the performing arts are renowned throughout the world. I am honoured to be part of the cultural development of the nation’s capital.’



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  • First we had Ghery doing the same thing all over the place and then we got tired of the stuff. Now its Zaha doing her thing all over the place and it all looks the same. Soon we will mistake a pool complex or school with the cultural centre in wherever with another somewhere else. How long before we get tired of this? who´s next?

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  • yes you are right ... they really do all look the same ... same old formula ... used to be exciting but now they are just dull.

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  • Couldn't agree more. I can't understand why she's held in such high esteem. Has she ever done anything other than expensive schemes for rich clients - such as social housing for example ? Actually I guess it's a good job she hasn't - she'd never keep within budget ! These "starchitects" get too much publicity and give a lopsided impression of what the majority of the profession is about.

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