Last week, Eco Park Stadium by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) was finally approved for construction in Gloucestershire, England, after years of delays. The new home of the Forest Green Rovers F.C. will bring carbon-neutral facilities to the local community while maintaining the natural qualities of the existing site. It is the first soccer stadium in the world to be built entirely out of wood. Although ZHA won the competition to design the stadium in 2016, this was the firm’s second attempt in getting the design approved. In June, the same planning committee denied the proposal due to noise, traffic, and impact on the environment. Alterations to win approval included a revised landscape strategy and increased matchday transport. The 5,000-seat stadium is the world’s first UN-certified, carbon-neutral football club and almost every element is made of sustainably sourced timber which, in the firm’s words, “is highly durable, safe, recyclable, and beautiful.” In a recent press release, ZHA even mentioned the aspiration of the stadium being carbon negative “with the provision of on-site renewable energy generation.” The club itself will provide every seat with unrestricted sightlines and fans will be as close as 16 feet from the pitch. One of the recent modifications in the application was a swap for one grass pitch to an all-weather pitch that has access to local clubs. The design anticipates the club’s future growth. The chair of the club and owner of green energy firm Ecotricity, Dale Vince, told The Architects' Journal: “When you bear in mind that around three-quarters of the lifetime carbon impact of any stadium comes from its building materials, you can see why that’s so important, and it’s why our new stadium will have the lowest carbon content of any stadium in the world.”
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Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled renderings for a striking mega-development in Yucatán, Mexico. Images for the Alai development feature a collection of sculptural towers decorated with ancient Mayan architecture-inspired motifs. The project comes on the heels of surging population increases for the region, which has doubled in its number of inhabitants in recent years. It features intensive landscape remediation strategies aimed at restoring native habitats surrounding the forthcoming complex. Those naturally landscaped areas will be crisscrossed by a series of wooden paths, paseos, and walking trails designed to minimize adverse impacts on the habitat. The towers themselves feature sinuous latticework along their balcony-studded facades. The development is the latest Mexico-based project for ZHA and builds on a growing trend of global architecture firms pursuing massive projects in the country. New York City-based SHoP, for example, is currently at work on a large, multi-tower project in Tijuana, Mexico called Bajalta. [intertstitial] For more information on Alai, see the ZHA website.
As Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) wraps up work on 520 West 28th Street, the firm’s first permanent project in New York, The Architect’s Newspaper (AN) got an early look at the interiors of the striking new building. Located directly adjacent the High Line, the building occupies a prominent place in the burgeoning area around Hudson Yards. AN interviewed West Chin of New York City–based West Chin Architects, Designers, & Decorators (WCA) about his experience designing one of the 39-unit building's model apartments, and how his team approached the eccentricities of this ZHA design. AN: Zaha Hadid's design for the building conveys a powerful aesthetic; what was your overall approach to design a unit in such a distinct building? West Chin: We have always been big fans of Zaha Hadid's work, and are honored to be part of such a monumental project. We started our process by imagining what type of client would be inspired to own a piece of this iconic building resting on the High Line. We pictured a sophisticated design-conscious bachelor or stylish couple, and we created a space that would nurture their love of design. Were there any unforeseen challenges once you started working on the project? We signed onto the project after seeing the rendering of Zaha’s vision and enjoyed seeing it come to life. Raw conditions of a site during the installation phase can sometimes be challenging but the team worked together with the construction crew to bring it all together. Your firm is known best perhaps for its commitment to a minimal, functional style. How does that ethos make its way into this design? Zaha has captured the edginess of New York with her dynamic design and sculptural architectural elements. WCA has embraced these foundations and added to that a soft sensitivity and ease that allows the home to become a haven from the fast-paced lifestyle that many New Yorkers live. We took inspiration from some of the dark earthy tones found in the architectural materials in New York, and the natural colors you might see on the High Line. The custom Porro closets and storage systems we designed for the space fit seamlessly into the shell provided and offered specific places to store and display just the right amount of accessories for a personal touch. There is also a good amount of art and sculpture; did your firm select these pieces? What do you think they add to the design? Yes, we curated the art, accessories, and the furnishings to create not just a beautiful space but also style that reflects the design-consciousness and persona of its potential inhabitant, an admirer of art, design, and architecture. We were fortunate to have just returned from Art Basel when we were working on the styling for the project. This trip came in very handy in the art selection process. What are your takeaways as a designer after working in this architecture? The building evokes the sleek details of a sexy Ferrari, and we like to think that we have provided the custom details that make the car your own, comforts and all. The highly customizable closets and modular storage systems are tailored to fit the space as well as the lifestyle of its inhabitants, while the furniture, lighting, accessories, and art are the luxurious accompaniments that complete the package. Our warm, modern style combined with the bold moments captured in Zaha Hadid's imaginative creation, both inside and out, come together to create an inviting space. For more on 520 W. 28th, see its website here. For a full list of products in Chin's design, see the PDF here.
In July 2007, Zaha Hadid came to rescue when plans for that year's Serpentine pavilion faltered. Steel prices were on the rise and the pavilion's realization, designed by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen, stalled. The Lilas Installation, designed by the late British-Iraqi architect and Patrik Schumacher, stood in its place for nine days at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Nine years on, the Lilas Installation is now on show in gardens of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England. The installation is the showpiece of the yearly Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition put on show at Chatsworth by the auction house Sotheby's. The Lilas Installation is currently up for sale (with no price specified). It covers 3,336 square feet and rises 18 feet high—not quite small enough for a suburban back garden. For comparison, Sou Fujimoto's 2013 pavilion was sold for a reported $653,900. Julia Peyton-Jones was the Serpentine director in 2007. “It was one of those little miracles,” she said, remembering the moment. “It was uncomfortable to be in the position of not having a pavilion on time that year—[but] stuff happens and it is how you deal with it that is the major issue. As a result, we had this gorgeous project that was unexpected and it was an absolute little gem… so typical in its simplicity and so relevant to her work.” Once again, Hadid and Schumacher's creation is open to the public. A stately home in the U.K.'s midlands, Chatsworth House is set among the countryside and has an extensive array of public and private gardens. Its history spans back to the 16th century when the original house was built in 1553. In 1568, the house even was used to hold custody of Mary Queen of Scots. Today, visitors can pay just over $20 to tour the gardens and view the Lilas Installation before it is eventually sold. Originally, the work had been planned to be unveiled at Chatsworth before Hadid's passing. “It is very poignant,” said Peyton-Jones. “But all the more marvelous that this masterwork should be presented to remind us what an extraordinary contribution she made.” Simon Stock, senior director at Sotheby's and curator of the show at Chatsworth, spoke of how the 2007 work will fit into its historic setting. "They don’t clash, they complement in a way the pyramid does at the Louvre," he said. "It is a very beguiling structure, it draws you in, it is an extraordinary thing”. “Is it principally sculptural?" Stock questioned, attempting to describe the installation. "Is it a piece of architecture... do you see it was a building, in other words? Do you see it as something organic that has grown out of the ground? It is all of those things combined.” Lilas Installation at the Serpentine Gallery © Zaha Hadid Architects from Zaha Hadid Architects on Vimeo.