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ZHA Close Up – Work & Research Exhibition 2021

11 May 2021

Design: Zaha Hadid Architects

ZHA Close Up – Work & Research Exhibition in Shanghai

at MAM Shanghai, China

26 June – 15 September 2021

Beijing Daxing International Airport building, China, design by Zaha Hadid Architects:
Beijing Daxing International Airport building, China, design by Zaha Hadid Architects
photograph © Hufton+Crow

Photographs by Hufton+Crow

ZHA Close Up – Work & Research at MAM Shanghai

MAM Shanghai presents the first exhibition of Zaha Hadid Architects in mainland China, with a retrospective display of projects dating from 1982 to today.

Defined by a timeline of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) formative works in China, ‘ZHA Close Up’ at MAM Shanghai explores the pioneering research and interconnecting relationships that unite their projects around the globe, detailing the technological innovations that are transforming how the studio imagines, designs and constructs built environments.

CECEP Headquarters, Shanghai, China, design by Zaha Hadid Architects:
Cecep Headquarters Shanghai China
Render by Negativ.com
CECEP Headquarters Shanghai

Running from 26 June – 15 September 2021, the exhibition examines the evolution of Zaha Hadid Architects’ buildings over the last 40 years—from the flowing urban spaces of the MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome (2010) and Leeza SOHO in Beijing (2019) to the studio’s ground-breaking projects currently in development across six continents—demonstrating a consistent desire to innovate and inspire.

Founded by the late Zaha Hadid in 1979, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) redefined architecture for the 21st century with a repertoire of projects that have captured imaginations across the globe. Hadid was a major figure in the world of architecture and the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She first travelled to China in 1981 at the very beginning of her career. Like her birthplace Iraq, carved by the Euphrates and the Tigris, China’s natural landscapes and urban settlements have been shaped through history by its great rivers and waterways. Travelling from north to south, visiting many Chinese cities to experience its art and architecture, Hadid studied the methods that embed its historic architecture within the great theatre of natural landscapes.

2 Murray Road, Hong Kong, China, by ZHA:
2 Murray Road Hong Kong
image © Arqui9
2 Murray Road Building

ZHA’s competition-winning design for the Peak Club in Hong Kong (1982-1983) manifests Hadid’s investigations into the fluid relationships between building and site, interior and exterior, architecture and engineering. Defined by the topography of the surrounding mountainside, in this and later seminal projects such as the Guangzhou Opera House (2010) and Beijing Daxing International Airport (2019), ZHA’s work echoes the coherence of the nature in an organic architectural language generating unrivalled spatial experiences that are intuitive to navigate and recognised around the world.

‘ZHA Close Up’ explores the journey of four decades of experimentation that are inscribed within ZHA’s architecture and has seen their designs become more spatially inventive, more structurally efficient, more technologically advanced and more environmentally sensitive with each new design and positions their work at the forefront of architectural practice.

Beijing Daxing International Airport, China, design by ZHA:
Beijing Daxing International Airport building design by ZHA
photo © Hufton+Crow

Showcasing projects that have received highest honours from civic, professional and academic institutions worldwide, ‘ZHA Close Up’ will present the studio’s pioneering research to improve how the industry designs and constructs:

Sustainability-  the application of detailed environmental analysis and geometry optimization techniques to maximize efficient design with less waste and consumption of resources.

Computation & Design- collaboration with the world’s most respected scientific institutions to develop innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence and digital fabrication.

ZH Social- investigation of the social interaction processes to be expected in the designed environments via agent-based simulations with differentiated agent populations and decision processes.

Analytics & Insights- data analytics and human behaviour modelling to design healthy and productive working environments that are tailor-made to overall and individual wellness.

Virtual Reality- demonstrating the remarkable possibilities immersive technologies will offer architects to collaborate and design in augmented reality.

The exhibition will also present Zaha Hadid Design (ZHD), formed in 2006 out of a need to create a separate platform to share Hadid’s distinct dialogue of contemporary design, although the ZHD portfolio encompasses 40 years of research. Today it is defined by Hadid’s inventive methodology and signature design in furniture, lighting and fashion which transcends boundaries and has a global following.

ZHD has partnered with iconic brands to create exceptional one-off and limited edition pieces which form part of some of the world’s most esteemed museum collections. Each piece effortlessly conveys immaculate craftsmanship and Hadid’s virtuosity with fluid geometry. Launched in 2014 under its own label, the ‘ZHD Collection’ further expresses Hadid’s vision in an uncompromising pursuit of excellence and non-conformity to define the acclaimed brand and ensure its timeless and revered presence within the design world.

Beijing Daxing International Airport building in China:
Beijing Daxing International Airport China
photo © Hufton+Crow

Shai Baitel, Artistic Director of MAM Shanghai, said:
“I am excited to include, as part of our interdisciplinary and immersive approach at MAM, this important exhibition, celebrating Zaha Hadid’s ingenuity. Hadid was an exceptional woman, and we are delighted to show our audience the development of her movement as a researcher, designer, and architect through various geographies and histories—and how this movement impacts the current innovative vision and work of Zaha Hadid Architects, following her untimely passing. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) continues and expands on her legacy and MAM is proud to present this show, granting unprecedented insights into the vision of one of the most important architects of our time.”

Patrik Schumacher, Principal, Zaha Hadid Architects, said:
“With this show we aim to present who we are close up, our depth of experience, our current preoccupations, and our aspirations for the future.”

MAM Shanghai is the largest contemporary art museum in Shanghai, measuring over 7,000 square meters. The state-of-the-art museum located at the heart of Shanghai’s cultural mile along the Huangpu River is a premier institution for contemporary art with a global and multidisciplinary approach.

‘ZHA Close Up – Work & Research’
26  June – 15 September 2021

MAM Shanghai
Opening times : Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 18:00, Last admission 17:30
Address: 4777 Binjiang Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai


About MAM Shanghai

The Modern Art Museum (MAM) in Shanghai, China, is an institution with a global and multidisciplinary approach, contributing to the education, knowledge and enjoyment of art through an immersive and engaging experience.

Its vast industrial architecture offers a versatile and dynamic space to connect shared cultures of the East and West. Located on the ‘cultural corridor’ of museums and galleries that runs along the riverside in the Pudong New Area, MAM, utilizes innovative methods to facilitate public participation and engagement with art.


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Location: Shanghai, China, Eastern Asia

Zaha Hadid Architects Designs in China

Chinese Architecture Designs by Zaha Hadid Architects – selection below:

Tower C at Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base, Shenzhen
Tower C Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base
image courtesy of architectural office
Tower C at Shenzhen Bay

Shenzhen Science & Technology Museum, Shenzhen, China
Shenzhen Science Technology Museum
rendering © Brick
Shenzhen Science & Technology Museum

Xi’an International Football Centre, Xi’an
Xi’an International Football Centre Zaha Hadid Architects China
render by Atchain
Xi’an International Football Centre

Leeza SOHO, Lize Financial Business District, Beijing, China
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Leeza SOHO by Zaha Hadid Architects in Beijing
photograph : Hufton+Crow
Leeza SOHO in Beijing

China Architectural Designs

Chinese Architecture Designs – architectural selection below:

Shanghai Architecture Designs – chronological list

Shanghai Architectural News

China Architecture Designs – chronological list

Changzhou Culture Center
Architect: gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners · Architects
Changzhou Culture Plaza
photography © Schran Images
Changzhou Culture Center Building

Gallery at Hongqiao World Centre in Shanghai
Gallery at Hongqiao World Centre
image from architects
Gallery at Hongqiao World Centre in Shanghai

Chinese Architecture

Chinese Architects

Chinese Buildings

Zaha Hadid Books

Zaha Hadid Architects – All Projects + Practice Information

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