A new mixed-use commercial building that defies straight lines, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
Four cyclical forms are joined by bridges and plateaus. The building is occupied by fifteen floors – the three lower floors are designed for retail use and twelve upper floors are used for office activity. The very top floors are dedicated to bars, restaurants and cafes. A central ‘canyon’ and courtyards mix the separate structures whilst providing opportunities for light and circulation. Bridges curve from one volume to the other, joining the areas and ‘generating a panoramic architecture without corners or abrupt transitions,’ say the architects.
Akin to other Hadid buildings, the main materials used are concrete, glass, steel and aluminium. The facade is constructed from aluminium and stone with insulative glass strips in-between. Varying thicknesses within the facade, plateaus and bridges create new and interesting technical and aesthetical thought, supporting the constant structural potential other Hadid buildings exhibit.