Sunday, 25 May 2008

Saadiyat Island architectural wonders cometh

Abu Dhabi has been pulling out all the stops in its development and its calling upon a suite of architectural heavyweights to create some amazing places.
One such concentration is the cultural centre on Saadiyat Island, which will feature signature buildings from Zaha Hadid, rank Gehry, Frank Nouvel and Tadao Ando. The DeZeen article by Marcus Fairs gives us a glimpse at the 4 works bot visually and conceptually, plus some background of the project.





[imagery of all 4 works from Ando, Gehry, Hadid and Nouvel for the Saadiyat Cultural District from the DeZeen site]

In CAinDA I have been looking quite a bit at signature aesthetics and what it might mean for architecture in general. These 4 projects are the kind of buildings that have always attracted a showcase design, but they do fuel a desire across the board to upstage in all projects...

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