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Three projects by Zaha Hadid Architects are shortlisted for the 2023 WAN Awards

Three projects by Zaha Hadid Architects are shortlisted for the 2023 WAN Awards; Mews House, London in the ‘House of the Year’ category; International Convention Centre and Theatres, Tahiti, in the ‘Future Projects - Multi Use’ category; and ZHA-EAA Tents for Refugee and Displaced Communities in the ‘Humanitarian’ category.

‘Positioned in such traditional confined, the Mews House’s design by Zaha Hadid Architects proved that a boldly abstract residential home could still remain true to its historic roots’, explained Architectural Digest. ‘To be sure, what makes this home so beautiful is the ways in which it challenges the norms without simultaneously challenging the eye. The house, like all works of great art, has a distinct DNA of its creator. Anyone who cares about architecture can glance at this London home and know just whose hands molded it.’

ZHA's proposal for International Convention Centres and Theatres in Tahiti set out to design a leading destination with sustainability at its core while staying true and respectful to the cultural importance of the site and the power of the archipelago’s nature. The various scales and textures of the timber architecture and the gentle curvature of the canopies interact with the sunlight and tropical vegetation while framing a cinematic experience of extraordinary views over the lagoon. Zaha Hadid Architects’ proposal is a very low carbon design that is unique to the climate and resources of Tahiti, with a 375kgCO2e/m2 initial embodied carbon impact, 50% below the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge target and a net zero carbon in operation target (-6kWh/m2/y).

Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) work with the Education Above All Foundation (EAA) to develop tents designed by ZHA as schools, clinics and emergency shelters for refugee and displaced communities in Syria, Turkey, Pakistan & Yemen. The tents are designed as a robust, cost-effective and lightweight modular architectural system with fabric envelope that is weather-proof and allows for natural daylight. Easily moved and re-assembled, the tents also incorporate components that can be upcycled or recycled, making them ideal for displaced populations.