Zaha Hadid Architects recently revealed the first images of its completed Culture & Arts Centre in the Hunan province of China. The massive structure was completed in the late Hadid’s iconic organic style and includes a contemporary art museum, a 1,800-seat theater, and a multipurpose hall.
The space focuses on easy access, with winding pedestrian paths throughout the campus that connect with nearby streets, parks and walking trails on the nearby Meixi Lake’s Festival Island. The building’s location atop historic trade routes in China further expands upon the center’s cultural relevance.
MICA, the site’s art museum, consists of eight galleries positioned around a massive atrium for larger exhibitions and events. The space also features breakout spaces for workshops, lectures, a café, and a museum shop. MICA’s first exhibition, ‘Flowing Eternity’ is currently on view.
The space’s indoor Grand Theatre will host various performances and television productions, and outdoor events and sculpture exhibitions are also expected to take place on site. A smaller indoor theater acts as a flexible space for up to 500 occupants. The multipurpose hall can be transformed into a variety of configurations, including set-ups for plays, fashion shows, concerts and more.
Elsewhere in architecture, Pharrell has revealed the first renderings of his untitled residential building in Toronto.
Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre
Mei Xi Hu Lu, Yuelu Qu
Changsha Shi, Hunan Sheng