The AJ can exclusively reveal the first images of Zaha Hadid's Hoxton Square development - a scheme that could mark the Pritzker Prize winner's long-awaited British debut.
If the project in Shoreditch, east London, runs to schedule, the building will open its doors ahead of the other UK schemes currently on Hadid's drawing board. Neither the new Architecture Foundation building in Southwark, nor the Museum of Transport in Glasgow will be finished before the 1,726m 2 mixed-used scheme is unveiled in autumn 2006.
Located within the south Shoreditch conservation area, the building has been designed for New York art dealer Kenny Schachter, and will house a gallery, commercial offices and eight apartments.
Hadid started work on the project at the beginning of last year and believes the scheme, which will replace an existing building on the site, will create a 'vibrant mixed-use community for all to enjoy'. She also hopes the design will bring an 'elegant element' into the patchwork character of the square.
A spokesman added: 'The proposal will add a modern, innovative and architecturally exciting addition to Hoxton Square, while respecting the existing urban massing, density and character of the conservation area. The introduction of a single roofscape ties together the entire structure.'