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Morpheus Hotel at City Of Dreams in Macau has been nominated for the World Architecture Festival Awards, as well as two ABB LEAF Awards and received special mention at the Architizer A+ Awards.

Morpheus was designed as a vertical extrusion of the site’s existing abandoned foundations for a condominium tower that did not progress; using this rectangular footprint to define a 40-storey building of two internal vertical circulation cores at podium and roof levels where the many guest amenities were required.

Three horizontal vortices generate the voids through the central atrium and define the hotel’s spectacular interior public spaces. In-between these voids, a series of bridges create unique spaces for the restaurants, bars and guest lounges by renowned chefs including Alain Ducasse & Pierre Herme.

Working with BuroHappold Engineering, Zaha Hadid Architects designed the building’s structure to optimise the hotel’s interiors. The world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton, its rich pattern of structural members at lower levels progresses upwards to a less dense grid of lighter members at its summit.

Lawrence Ho, chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts said, “From the very beginning, we shared ZHA’s vision and determination to push boundaries. Morpheus offers a journey of the imagination. From the curved exterior to the dramatic interior spaces, it pleases the eye and excites the senses: a contemporary masterpiece to be enjoyed by many generations to come.”

TIME Magazine listed Morpheus Hotel as one of the World’s Greatest Places based on key factors including quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and influence. Morpheus was also voted Arch Daily’s Building of the Year’ (BOTY) in the hospitality / commercial category while Popular Science Magazine included the hotel in their list ‘Best of What New’.

WAF Awards 2019 shortlist

ABB LEAF Awards 2019 shortlist

Photograph courtesy of City of Dreams

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KnitCandela—a thin, sinuous concrete shell built on ultra-lightweight knitted formwork—has received the Jury Prize and also voted the People’s Choice winner at the Architizer A+ Awards 2019 in the ‘Details / Architecture+Concrete’ category.

Installed at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, KnitCandela is an experimental structure designed by ZHCODE that pays homage to the architect & engineer Félix Candela—reimagining his inventive concrete shell structures through the introduction of new computational design methods and innovative KnitCrete knitted formwork technology.

KnitCrete is a material-saving & cost-effective knitted formwork system to cast double-curved geometries in concrete. Developed at ETH Zurich by Block Research Group in collaboration with the Swiss National Centre of Competence for Research, KnitCrete enables the realisation of a wide range of anticlastic geometries. With this cable-net and fabric formwork system, expressive concrete surfaces can now be constructed efficiently, without the need for complex moulds.

KnitCandela’s thin, double-curved concrete shell with a surface area of almost 50 sq.m and weighing more than 5 tonnes, was applied on a KnitCrete formwork of only 55 kg. The knitted fabric of the formwork system was carried to Mexico from Switzerland in just two suitcases.

Designed to be constructed within a tight schedule, restricted space and minimal budget, KnitCandela demonstrates the rapid evolution of digital design & fabrication to the challenges faced by the construction industry, integrating digital fabrication with the skills of traditional craftsmanship and construction methods.

Architecture Extrapolated (R-Ex) managed KnitCandela’s construction as part of their work integrating digital technologies in building trades in Mexico.


Architizer A+ Winners

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KnitCandela wins People’s Choice at the AZ Awards 2019, in the In Temporary and Experiential Installations category.

Launched in 2011 by AZURE magazine, the AZ Awards recognise excellence and innovation in design, and showcases the world’s best projects, products and ideas. Selected by the public for this year’s award, KnitCandela is a thin, sinuous concrete shell built on ultra-lightweight knitted formwork.

Installed at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City, KnitCandela is an experimental structure designed by Zaha Hadid Architects’ computation and design research group (ZHCODE) that pays homage to the architect & engineer Félix Candela—reimagining his inventive concrete shell structures through the introduction of new computational design methods and innovative KnitCrete knitted formwork technology.

KnitCrete is a material-saving, labour-reducing & cost-effective knitted formwork system to cast double-curved geometries in concrete. Developed at ETH Zurich by the Block Research Group in collaboration with the Chair for Physical Chemistry of Building Materials, as part of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication, KnitCrete enables the realisation of a wide range of anticlastic geometries. With this cable-net and fabric formwork system, expressive concrete surfaces can now be constructed efficiently, without the need for complex moulds. KnitCandela’s thin, double-curved concrete shell with a surface area of almost 50 sq.m and weighing more than 5 tonnes, was applied on a KnitCrete formwork of only 55 kg. The knitted fabric of the formwork system was carried to Mexico from Switzerland in just two suitcases.

Designed to be constructed within a tight schedule, restricted space and minimal budget, KnitCandela demonstrates the rapid evolution of digital design & fabrication to the challenges faced by the construction industry, integrating digital fabrication with the skills of traditional craftsmanship and construction methods.

Architecture Extrapolated R-Ex managed KnitCandela’s construction as part of its work integrating digital technologies in building trades in Mexico.

AZ Award 2019 winners

Photo by Juan Pablo Allegre

 

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The Cell candleholder collection by Zaha Hadid Design has been awarded ‘Best International Product’ at the Denfair 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

The Cell collection draws inspiration from the replication and growth of cellular organisms – the individual points, the ‘nuclei’, appears to hover in mid-air and are connected by a reflective landscape.

The collection’s varying heights, sizes and palettes of different finishes invite multiplication, reconfiguration and stacking in infinite new ensembles.

Zaha Hadid Design continues Hadid’s inventive methodology and process; sharing Zaha Hadid’s story and its significance within the dialogue of contemporary design. The studio’s portfolio encompasses 40 years of design research expressed in the pioneering designs for lighting, furniture and finishes.

Zaha Hadid Design at Denfair until 22 June
Stand 410
DENFAIR Melbourne
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf, VIC 3006
Australia

DENFAIR Melbourne

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Generali Tower has received the Jury Prize at the Architizer A+ Awards 2019 in the ‘Commercial-Office – High Rise (16+ Floors)’ category.

Generali Tower is within CityLife, Milan, the largest new civic space and public park in Milan since Parco Sempione opened 130 years ago.

Aligned at ground level with three of the city’s primary axes that converge within CityLife, the 170m tower by Zaha Hadid Architects connects with its surrounding public piazzas and park; the curvilinear geometries of its podium defined by the perceived centripetal forces generated from the staggered intersection of these three city axes.

This vortex of centripetal forces at ground level is transferred vertically through the tower by realigning successive rhomboid-shaped floor plates to twist the tower about its vertical axis. This helical twist reduces incrementally with the height of each floor above street level, giving all floors a fractionally different relationship to the floors above and below.

As the tower rises offering broader views across Milan, the twist orientates the tower’s higher floors to the primary southeast axis leading to Bramante’s 15th Century tribune of Santa Maria della Grazie.

The tower houses up to 3,900 employees to meet Generali’s continued growth as one of the world’s largest financial institutions.

With a double façade system, Generali Tower’s high standards of energy efficiency have received LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.

 Architizer A+Awards

Photography by Ariss Majid

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KnitCandela—a thin, sinuous concrete shell built on ultra-lightweight knitted formwork—has received the Jury Prize and also voted the People’s Choice winner at the Architizer A+ Awards 2019 in the ‘Details / Architecture+Concrete’ category.

Installed at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, KnitCandela is an experimental structure designed by ZHCODE that pays homage to the architect & engineer Félix Candela—reimagining his inventive concrete shell structures through the introduction of new computational design methods and innovative KnitCrete knitted formwork technology.

KnitCrete is a material-saving & cost-effective knitted formwork system to cast double-curved geometries in concrete. Developed at ETH Zurich by Block Research Group in collaboration with the Swiss National Centre of Competence for Research, KnitCrete enables the realisation of a wide range of anticlastic geometries. With this cable-net and fabric formwork system, expressive concrete surfaces can now be constructed efficiently, without the need for complex moulds.

KnitCandela’s thin, double-curved concrete shell with a surface area of almost 50 sq.m and weighing more than 5 tonnes, was applied on a KnitCrete formwork of only 55 kg. The knitted fabric of the formwork system was carried to Mexico from Switzerland in just two suitcases.

Designed to be constructed within a tight schedule, restricted space and minimal budget, KnitCandela demonstrates the rapid evolution of digital design & fabrication to the challenges faced by the construction industry, integrating digital fabrication with the skills of traditional craftsmanship and construction methods.

Architecture Extrapolated (R-Ex) managed KnitCandela’s construction as part of their work integrating digital technologies in building trades in Mexico.


Architizer A+ Winners

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Opus in Dubai is one of four projects by Zaha Hadid Architects shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2019 WAF Awards.

The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture, with the WAF Awards at the heart of the festival.

Located within Burj Khalifa district of Dubai, the Opus is designed as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole—taking the form of a cube. The cube is then ‘carved’, creating a central void that is an important volume within the building in its own right—providing views to the exterior from the centre of the building. These two towers are linked by a four-storey atrium at ground level and also connected by an asymmetric 38 metre wide, three-storey bridge that is 71 metres above the ground. The free-formed fluidity of the Opus’ eight-storey void contrasts with the precise orthogonal geometry of its surrounding cube.

“The design conveys the remarkably inventive quality of ZHA’s work; expressing a sculptural sensibility that reinvents the balance between solid and void, opaque and transparent, interior and exterior,” explained Mahdi Amjad, Executive Chairman and CEO of the developer Omniyat.

With interiors currently being installed for the ‘ME by Melia’ Dubai hotel that will soon welcome its first guests, the Opus will house 12 restaurants, rooftop bar and 56,000 sq. ft. of office space. Operated by Melia Hotels International, one of the world’s leading hoteliers with more than 350 hotels in 39 countries, ‘ME by Melia’ hotels are defined by their progressive, design-driven approach.

“You always expect to be surprised by ZHA’s designs, but the Opus for ‘ME by Melia’ Dubai goes beyond what we could ever have anticipated. There’s no doubt that ME Dubai will raise the bar for Dubai’s hotels. We are proud to have this amazing project in our portfolio,” explained Gabriel Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO, Meliá Hotels International at the announcement of ME Dubai.

WAF Awards 2019 shortlist

Photography by Laurian Ghinitoiu

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With Riyadh’s population more than doubling since 1990 to over 5 million and expected to reach 8.5 million residents within a decade, the Riyadh Metro is a new public transit system for the city with 6 main lines covering 176 km and 85 new stations connecting with the city’s new rapid bus network. Anticipated to transport 3.6 million passengers a day by 2030, the city’s new metro system will contribute to reducing the number of car journeys throughout the city by almost 250,000 journeys every day.

KAFD Metro Station will serve as a key interchange on the new network for the Blue Line with the terminus of the Yellow Line to the airport as well as connecting with the local monorail. With six platforms over four public floors and park-and-ride facilities, the station will be a multimodal transport centre and new public space for the city that is wholly integrated within the district.

The station’s design prioritizes connectivity. Predicted rail, car and pedestrian traffic across the site has been modelled, mapped and structured to optimize internal circulation and avoid congestion. The resulting configuration is a three-dimensional lattice defined by a sequence of opposing sine-waves (generated from the repetition and frequency variation of the station’s daily traffic flows) which act as the spine for the building’s circulation. These sine-waves extend to the station’s exterior.

The façade patterning reduces solar gain while geometric perforations contextualize the station within its environment. The overall composition echoes patterns generated by desert winds in sand, where multiple frequencies and reverberation generate complex repetition in natural formations.

The KAFD Metro Station is composed from a subset of elements that are highly correlated through repetition, symmetry and scale to simplify technical challenges without compromising spatial quality or design ambition.

Photos by Faisal Bin Zarah

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Generali Tower in Milan is one of four projects by Zaha Hadid Architects shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2019 WAF Awards.

The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture, with the WAF Awards at the heart of the festival.

Generali Tower is within CityLife, the largest new civic space and public park in Milan since Parco Sempione opened 130 years ago.

Aligned at ground level with three of the city’s primary axes that converge within CityLife, the 170m tower by Zaha Hadid Architects connects with its surrounding public piazzas and park; the curvilinear geometries of its podium defined by the perceived centripetal forces generated from the staggered intersection of these three city axes.

This vortex of centripetal forces at ground level is transferred vertically through the tower by realigning successive rhomboid-shaped floor plates to twist the tower about its vertical axis. This helical twist reduces incrementally with the height of each floor above street level, giving all floors a fractionally different relationship to the floors above and below.

As the tower rises offering broader views across Milan, the twist orientates the tower’s higher floors to the primary southeast axis leading to Bramante’s 15th Century tribune of Santa Maria della Grazie. 
The tower houses up to 3,900 employees to meet Generali’s continued growth as one of the world’s largest financial institutions.

With a double façade system, Generali Tower’s high standards of energy efficiency have received LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.

WAF Awards 2019 shortlist

Photograph by Jacopo Spilimbergo

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Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre in China is one of four projects by Zaha Hadid Architects shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2019 WAF Awards.

The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture, with the WAF Awards at the heart of the festival.

Harnessing the energy of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games to create project with a lasting legacy that has enhanced and also regenerated its setting, the centre acts as both an anchor and a catalyst for future investment in Nanjing’s Hexi New Town.

Comprised of two hotel towers that include the new Jumeirah Nanjing, a cultural centre with conference facilities, an urban plaza, offices and mixed-use areas, the development initially provided accommodation for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Now in its legacy stage, the centre has fostered investment in Hexi New Town on multiple levels; integrating additional infrastructure with new functions that include the hotels and a venue for Jiangsu Province’s annual conferences.

The cultural centre’s design is a three dimensional calligraphic composition that resonates with Nanjing’s 1,600-year-old tradition of Yunjin – the name given to the intricate brocade threading used by local craftsmen to weave the region’s acclaimed gold and silver fabrics. Like Yunjin thread, a continuous line interweaves throughout the cultural centre connecting it with its earthquake-resistant towers and beyond to the new central business district, riverside park and Jiangxinzhou Island.

The tapering profiles of the towers, at 255m and 315m (Zaha Hadid Architects’ tallest completed towers to date), extend the viewer’s sense of perspective and their trapezoidal floor plans maximise their river-facing frontages.

Mainland China’s first completely top-down/bottom-up tower construction, combining above and below ground construction with extensive design work proceeding in parallel, the project’s construction programme was reduced by a full year. The entire centre was completed 34 months after design began with all works on site lasting only 18 months.

WAF Awards 2019 shortlist

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