April 06, 2013



Miami Beach – USA
The parking structure is often seen as a practical requirement within an urban setting. Through considered design, the parking structure can become an inviting feature, one that can even include other functions beyond simply parking. Part of the challenge is to question the full potential of such a structure to deliver more than just a single purpose or immediate function. The Collins Park Garage is a public parking garage and ground floor retail building within the Collins Park Area. A number of cultural buildings are located in area and we aim to develop a parking structure that participates in and enhances the surrounding context by studying ways to link the area together to provide a unifying vision.
Zaha Hadid Architects has researched methods and concepts that bring the Street – scape into a building; making its interior a civic, urban space. Preliminary sketches fort he Collins Park Parking Garage explored what a parking garage can become by simply manipulating the building componenets inherent to the building type. These sketches progressed naturally into an expressed, continuous vehicular circulation path which suits its purpose, yet provides a unique experience and even a degree of fun for the user; a reflection of the city’ s aspirations to create an enviroment that looks beyond established utilitarian conventions.

Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize ( considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004 and is internationally known for both her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Hadid’ s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human – made systems , leading to experimentation with cutting – edge Technologies. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.
Hadid studied architecture at he Architectural Association from 1972 and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977.
She became a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, taught at the AA with OMA collaborators Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, and later led her own studio at the AA until 1987. Since then she has held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harward University; The Sullivan Chair at the University Illinois, School of Architecture, Chicago; guest professorsships at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg; The Knolton School of Architecture, Ohio and the Masters Studio at Columbia University, Newyork. In addition, she was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and Commander of the British Empire, 2002. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and was the Eero saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Zaha Hadid’ s work of the past 30 years was the subject of critically – acclaimed retrospective exhibitions at New York’ s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2006, London Design museum in 2007 and the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy in 2009. Her recently completed projects include the MAXXI Museum in Rome; which won the Stirling award in 2010. Hadid’ s outstanding contribution to the Stirling award in 2010. Hadid’ s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the most world’ s most respected institutions. She received the prestigious ‘ Praemium Imperiale ’ from the Japan Art Association in 2009, and in 2010, the Stirling Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Other recent awards include UNESCO naming Hadid as an  ‘ Artist for Peace ‘ at a ceremony in their Paris headquarters last year. Also in 2010, the Republic of France named Hadid as ‘ Commandeur de l’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ in recognition of her services to architecture, and TIME magazine included her in their 2010 list of the ‘ 100 most Influential People in the World ‘. This years ‘ Time 100 ‘ is divided into four categories: Leaders, Thinkers, Artist and Hereos – with Hadid ranking top of the Thinkers category.
Zaha has played a pivotal role in a great many Zaha Hadid Architects projects over the past 30 years. The Maxxi National Museum of 21 st Century Arts in Rome, Italy; the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany and the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany are excellent demonstrations of Hadid’ s quest for complex, fluid space. Previous seminal buildings such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinati, USA, have also been hailed as architecture that transforms our vision of the future with new spatial  concepts and bold, visionary forms.
Currently Hadid is working on a multitude of projects worldwide including: The London Aquatics Centre fort he 2012 Olympic Games; High – Speed Train Stations in Naples and Durango; The CMA CGM Headquarters tower in Marseille; The Fiera di Milano masterplan and tower as well as major master planning projects in Beijing, Bilboa, Istanbul and Singapore. In the Middle East, Hadid’ s portfolio includes national cultural and research centres in Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, as well as the new Central Bank of Iraq.
You may visit Zaha Hadid Architects’ projects, design  and exhibitions news; Crest at Victoria & Albert Museum, Dongdaemun Design Plaza, , Unique Circle, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Parametric Space, Heydar Aliyev Center, Serac Bench, Burnham Pavilion, Maxxi Museum, to click below links from my blog archive.