Zaha Hadid Architects’ Newest Building Is Inspired by a Curving Body of Water

Rendering of Jinghe New City Culture and Art Centre at duskRenderings of the project depict the building’s fluid and striking design.Photo: Renderings by ATCHAIN, courtesy of ZHA.

Just north of Xi’An in China’s Shaanxi province, Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) newest commission will flow through Jinghe New City like a river. As part of a larger push to reshape Jinghe New City into a technological and scientific hub, the prestigious firm was recently announced as the winner of an international architecture competition to design the Jinghe New City Culture & Art Centre.

Defined by curves and flowing volumes and layers, the firm was inspired by the Jinghe River when designing the building, influenced by the way it carves space through the province’s mountains and terrain. The center’s white façade features polished contours that slink through the landscape while integrating elevated courtyards and walkways, gardens, and paths.


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