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ZHA projects win gold and silver in the 2023 WAN Awards

The ZHA-EAA Tents for Refugee and Displaced Communities has been named winner in the ‘Humanitarian’ category of the 2023 World Architecture News Award, with the Tahiti International Convention Centres and Theatres receiving the Silver prize in the ‘Future Projects: Multi-use’ category.

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.

ZHA's proposal for the Tahiti International Convention Centre 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).