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Six ZHA/ZHD projects nominated for Architizer A+ Awards

Six projects by Zaha Hadid Architects/Zaha Hadid Design have been nominated for the Architizer A+ Awards: Beijing Daxing International Airport in the ‘Transportation Infrastructure’ category; Leeza SOHO in the ‘Office High Rise’ category, Niederhafen River Promenade in the ‘Urban & Masterplans’ category; Al Janoub Stadium in the ‘Stadium/Arena’ category; Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Art Centre in the ‘Gallery & Exhibitions Spaces’ category and the Hew Tray in the ‘Accessories’ category.

Beijing Daxing International Airport will initially serve 45 million passengers per year, and accommodate 72 million travellers by 2025 with further expansion for 100 million passengers and 4 million tonnes of cargo annually by 2040. The airport’s 700,000m² passenger terminal’s compact radial design allows a maximum number of aircraft to be parked directly at the terminal with minimum distances from the centre of the building, providing exceptional convenience for passengers and flexibility in operations.

Leeza SOHO’s Beijing site is diagonally dissected by an underground subway service tunnel at the intersection of five new lines currently under construction on Beijing’s Subway network. Straddling this tunnel, the tower’s design divides its volume into two halves enclosed by a single facade. The space between these two halves extends the full height of the tower, creating the world’s tallest atrium at 194m which rotates as the tower rises to realign the upper floors with Lize road to the north.

The Niederhafen River Promenade in Hamburg by ZHA is integral to the modernisation and reinforcement of the city’s flood protection system and incorporates the city’s riverside walkway providing panoramic views of the Elbe and its historic port, reconnecting its river promenade with the surrounding urban fabric by creating links with adjacent neighbourhoods. Wide staircases resembling small amphitheatres are carved within the flood protection barrier at points where streets from the adjacent neighbourhoods meet the structure; giving passers-by at street level views of the people strolling along the promenade at the top of the barrier and views of the masts & superstructures of ships in the Elbe.

The Al Janoub Stadium in Qatar was inaugurated last May by hosting the 2019 Amir Cup Final. The first new venue commissioned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the stadium incorporates an operable roof to shade the field of play. Passive design principles along with detailed computer modelling and wind tunnel testing were employed to maximise the effectiveness of the enclosure for player and spectator comfort. Reflecting Al Wakrah’s maritime heritage, the stadium’s design incorporates local cultural references combined with practical responses to climate, context & functional requirements. Al Janoub’s 40,000 seating capacity for the World Cup will be reduced to 20,000 seats after 2022 - optimum capacity as home ground to the local Al Wakrah Sport Club professional team.

The Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre’s organic architectural language is defined by pedestrian routes that weave through the site to connect with neighbouring streets. Providing views of the adjacent Meixi Lake from the city and giving access to the parks and walking trails on Festival Island, this ensemble of three separate institutions is the largest cultural centre in Hunan province and connects directly with its station on Line 2 of Changsha’s new Metro System.  

The Hew tray by Zaha Hadid Design is described through a series of subtle movements; from the gently upturned surface edge to the undulating base which peels away to reveal a dual purpose - voids for carrying, and dips for resting. This dynamism is further expressed through the contrasting colours of the powder-coated finish on the surface and base.

Architizer A+ invites the public to vote for their favourite projects through their Popular Choice portal. Voting is open until 31 July 2020.

Vote for Beijing Daxing International Airport here

Vote for Leeza SOHO here

Vote for Niederhafen River Promenade here

Vote for Al Janoub Stadium here

Vote for Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Art Centre here

Vote for Hew Tray here