Despite losing its namesake founder earlier in the year, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) are continuing the iconic designer's namesake legacy with yet another iconic commission, this time in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The latest project is for the Urban Heritage Administration Centre and the firm was selected after a global competition that began last year.
True to the late starchitect's signature style, the design of the building features sweeping lines along with a reimagining of the traditional elements of local structures. At the centre? A water feature, surrounded by lush greenery to reflect the Wadi Hanifah desert oasis that lay in the distance.
The centre, critical to the efforts in preserving Diriyah's UNESCO world heritage site, will include an exhibition gallery, library, lecture hall, learning spaces as well as a research and documentation facility.
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