Zaha Hadid wins design competitions in Michigan and Warsaw

Last week was marked by Zaha Hadid’s double win of the design competitions for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in Michigan, and the Lilium Tower in Warsaw. Further, Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed designs for an extension to the Middle East Centre at St. Anthony’s College in Oxford. Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
The architect also contributes a 240 metres high tower to the Warsaw skyline, that will include luxury residential apartments and an apartment hotel. The design is a light, transparent structure with a strong sense of identity and character, creating its own distinctive profile within an emerging cluster of tall buildings.
By avoiding strerile repetition a clear identity is established through its dynamic, ever-changing appearance.
The scheme is not only notable for its height and design, but also for its progressive energy strategy. The low-energy services are designed to cope with the extremes of the local climate. 

Extension to the Middle East Centre at St. Anthony’s College in Oxford
On 15 January 2008, the MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon announced the winner of the design competition to be Zaha Hadid Architects of London.
The announcement is the culmination of a competition that began in June 2007 when the Broads gave a gift of $26 million to help fund the new museum, which will focus on modern and contemporary art. The other finalists were: Coop Himmelb(l)au (Vienna and Los Angeles); Morphosis (Santa Monica, Calif.); Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, PC (New York); and Randall Stout Architects, Inc. (LosAngeles).
“Ms. Hadid’s design truly captured the spirit of what this iconic building will represent to MSU’s campus and the greater mid-Michigan community that will benefit from its presence in the area,” Simon said.
The 3.800 square metres building, that appears in Hadid’s typical flowing shape, will be constructed of steel and concrete with an aluminum and glass exterior. Groundbreaking for the museum is planned for fall 2008 and completion of the project is expected in 2010.  Lilium Tower in Warsaw
Zaha Hadid Architects has also revealed designs for an extension to the Oxford College building, which is at a pre-planning stage.
The scheme aims to link a pair of two existing  historic buildings in a Victorian suburb.
A model of the proposed extension, which features a cladding in composite glass, met with concern from the Oxfordshire Architectural & Historical Society and the Oxford Civic Society. They questioned whether the design was appropriate for the context.
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