Zaha Hadid’s Sprawling New Cultural Complex Takes Shape In China

Project Includes 1,800-Seat Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum, Small Multi-Purpose Venues

Changsha Meixihu Intl's Culture & Art Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects (Dezeen)

After winning the design commission in 2011, Zaha Hadid Architects recently broke ground on the Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre, a massive new cultural complex in Changsha, Hunan province. Encompassing an 1,800-seat theatre, a contemporary art museum and a number of multi-purpose venues, the complex spreads outward from a central plaza via interconnected lawns and foot-paths in a flower-like pattern, connected to nearby Festival Island via two pedestrian bridges.

As Dezeen notes this week, this complex is only the latest China project for the prolific Hadid’s firm. At the end of last year, Hadid completed the mixed-use Galaxy Soho complex, while the firm is currently in a rush to “finish the Wangjing Soho complex before a rival developer that has pirated the design.”

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