Construction has commenced on the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Jinghe New City Culture & Art Centre in Xi’an, China, following a ground-breaking ceremony on September 16th, 2022.
Zaha Hadid Architects won the international competition to design and deliver the scheme in June, which will serve as a new cultural and arts destination for the burgeoning Jinghe New City tech hub.
Jinghe New City Culture & Art Centre will take the form of a series of meandering volumes, courtyards and outdoor areas used for cultural and recreational activities.
The curved forms were designed by Zaha Hadid Architects as a reference to the Jinghe River and the mountain valleys it has carved out in the area.
According to Zaha Hadid Architects, Jinghe New City was selected as the site for the project as it is a growing a hub for the energy, materials, artificial intelligence and aerospace industries.
Zaha Hadid Architects’ plan to reduce the centre’s energy consumption includes measures such as optimising natural ventilation and light, as well as prioritising local materials.
The centre will also use photovoltaic panels to generate electricity on-site and incorporate facilities for rainwater collection and harvesting.
Image credits: Renders by ATCHAIN courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
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