Hadid Proposal: REJECTED

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[images via The Architect’s Journal]

Zaha Hadid has proposed a very Zaha Hadid extension to the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College in Oxford. Alas, it is not too be. Designed around a delightfully academic and relatively simple program of reading room, library, storage, and lecture hall, the proposed addition, known as The Softbridge (does that name make anyone else a little uncomfortable?), was found to be “in constant competition with its neighbours.” And it’s not just the exterior that has been found wanting — the committee also questioned the layout of the addition, which placed the library’s archive behind a south-facing glass wall. Ms. Hadid’s buildings tend towards the object-in-the-park, but upon her return to the drawing board, surely she can make an effort to create something that’s more of a response and less of a statement. Click through for more images of what never will be… Continue reading “Hadid Proposal: REJECTED

Less Hadid, More Giant Women

The Architecture Foundation recently announced that they’ve called off plans for construction of a permanent London address. Program development will continue, but due to the current economic slump, their new Zaha Hadid-designed home was scrapped — and Life Without Buildings couldn’t be happier. Nothing against the AF or Ms. Hadid, but the aggressive design left us wanting, and paled in comparison to the sexy simplicity of Lacaton Vassal’s proposal.



Yes, it’s another Giant Woman Friday.

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Hadid "Backs the Bid"

Just after winning the commission for the London Architecture Foundation building, Architectural Record reports that Zaha Hadid has been chosen to design the Aquatic Center for London’s 2012 Olympic Bid. The 20,000 seat venue, located in the Stratford area of East London will be built regardless of London’s success in winning the Olympics. The buildings form is reportedly inspired by “the flow of water prevalent on the building’s riverside location.” (groan) If Zaha Hadid was a band, (The Zaha Hadids) I think she’d be running the risk of over-exposure. Admittedly, she does great work, I loved her Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, but for some reason, I’m kind of turned off by her recent designs and they seem to just keep coming…