The New Dance and Music Center in The Hague project contest has been won by the RAW Architects & Powerhouse Company. However, one of the notable finalists was a masterpiece by Zaha Hadid Architects. Let’s take a look at the runner-up’s project. It is a known fact that there has never been a building designed by Zaha Hadid that has not been remarkable, and the proposition for the Music Center is no exception.
PROGRAM: Dance and Music Center
LOCATION: The Hague, Netherlands
DESIGN: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
PROJECT ASSOCIATE: Joris Pauwels
PROJECT TEAM: Rafael Contreras, Thomas Busech, Oliver Malm, Hoda Nobakhti, Akif Cinar
It might look like a pile of soft paper and dinner napkins, but in the vision of this innovative team, the project is a curvaceous space which plays with lights and shadows. First of all lets take a look at the site. Situated in the Netherlands, Hague, the 40 000 square foot project will house the royal conservatory, dutch theater and philharmonic and stitching foundation.
The initial design was to create an urbanely dynamic structure which provides interaction with the immediate surroundings. The roof starts at the same level with the neighboring building, and it slowly rises to a peak in the eastern corner, which means that the building will be able to blend effortlessly in the existing cityscape. At the lower part the public area is connected with the inner atrium by means of a few gentle steps.
The proposed design is fluid and dynamic, the facades undulates horizontally to create an interesting rhythm and different types of opacity with the help of horizontal bands. The bands have unique widths and length, and together they create an interesting pattern. The solid spaces house more private places, while the lighter surfaces convey the more public areas.
The building creates a striking contrast between the rectangular geometry of the surroundings and the design. It is a playful invitation to discovery and socialization.
Although the fluid force field did not win the contest, we have much to learn from the daring approach of the Zaha Hadid Architects which have proven to be masters when it comes to playing with light, spaces and materials.