Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Opera House For Dubai By Zaha Hadid Architects


I've been very critical of architect Zaha Hadid in the past, accusing her of weaving "chaotic spatial confusions" that are as incoherent as they are un-buildable. 

However, there was one thing that deconstructionist architects like Hadid always did well -- their affectations may have lacked purpose, but at their best their buildings were always intensely dynamic, like they were in motion. They might have lacked "the tension of purpose," but never the "freedom of release."

But look at what she's done now!  That picture you see above is her proposed new opera house for the desert dunes of Dubai, and it's, it's ... incredible.

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It could be nowhere else, nor by anyone else.  This is architecture that takes your breath away.  To paraphrase how Ayn Rand once described a concerto by (fictional) composer Richard Halley, "It sweeps space clean, and leaves nothing but the joy of an unobstructed effort."

Bravo, Ms Hadid.   [More here at Mad Architect.]


  1. Oh my. Takes your breath away, indeed.

    Spkg of Dubai, "MegaStructures" on Prime - good series - last Sunday evening featured the construction of the Burj; the "Arabian Tower" that's the tallest hotel in the world; and 7-star to boot. Suites at some $US28,000 per night.

    I've loved it since the moment I saw it. It was brilliant listening to the architects, engineers and designers talk through the process. Magnificent.

  2. Quick invite her(Ms Hadid) to put a proposal in for the Auckland Tank farm and Wellington water front sites.
    the plans I have seen for Auckland are BORING BORING!!!and I will not even comment on the "submarine Pens" called Te Papa

  3. Quick invite her(Ms Hadid) to put a proposal in for both the Auckland tank farm site and the Wellington water front sites the plans I have seen for Auckland are the most boring boring and I will not even comment on the "submarine Pen,called TePapa

  4. Absolutely stunning. To capture the fluidity of the sand with a permanent structure is indeed a master-piece.


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