Zaha Hadid in the rhythm of J S Bach

published in: Architecture By Yatzer, 02 May 2009

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Zaha Hadid Architects and Manchester International Festival, with Manchester Art Gallery and three of the world’s leading concert soloists, will present a unique collaborative work for the 2009 Festival. Zaha Hadid Architects will visually and acoustically transform one of the exhibition spaces in Manchester Art Gallery into an intimate chamber music hall in which to hear the solo works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Across a series of nine concerts, pianist Piotr Anderszewski, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and violinist Alina Ibragimova will perform J S Bach’s solo instrumental works for a small audience of 200 people at each performance. The new space will also be open to the public during usual gallery hours.

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Each of Hadid’s projects builds on over thirty years of radical experimentation with cutting-edge technologies, often resulting in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms. Zaha Hadid said, “As an articulation of the rhythmic and harmonic range Bach was able to achieve within the mathematical framework of his music, Zaha Hadid Architects’ design will explore this multiplicity by developing a coherent integration of formal and structural logic”.
Of this commission, Festival Director Alex Poots said, "The aim is to create a near-perfect visual and sonic environment for the audience to experience some of the world’s best-loved chamber music. Zaha Hadid Architects consistently come up with challenging and innovative ideas. It will be intriguing to see what they produce on this intimate level."
Manchester City Council’s Director of Culture, Virginia Tandy said, “Manchester Art Gallery is delighted to be working with Zaha Hadid Architects and Manchester International Festival on this unique project which promises to bring ground-breaking design together with wonderful music”. Manchester International Festival is very pleased to welcome students from Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music, who will be performing in the space throughout the Festival.
In addition, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and MIF are launching a new partnership which will explore the art of storytelling from the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt and the UK. This will start with a free storytelling event for schools, Hakawati, on 8 July in the installation.

MANCHESTER ART GALLERY, 3-5, 10-12 AND 15, 17, 18 JULY
Booking at or call +44 (0)844 815 4960
Daytime entry to the new space is free

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Zaha Hadid Architects, Manchester International Festival

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About Zaha Hadid

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Zaha Hadid, founding partner of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary experimentation and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design.
Working with senior office partner Patrik Schumacher, Hadid’s interest is in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape, and geology as the practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems that lead to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Such a process often results in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.
The MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome, BMW Central Building in Leipzig and Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg are excellent demonstrations of the practice’s quest for complex, dynamic space. Previous seminal buildings, such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati and Hoenheim-Nord Terminus in Strasbourg have also been hailed as architecture that transforms our vision of the future with new spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms.
Currently, the practice is working on a multitude of projects including; the Fiera di Milano master-plan and tower, the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games, High-Speed Train Stations in Naples and Durango, the CMA CGM Head Office tower in Marseille and urban master-plans in Beijing, Bilbao, Istanbul, Singapore and the Middle East.
Zaha Hadid Architects continues to be a global leader in pioneering research and design investigation. Collaborations with artists, designers, engineers and clients that lead their industries have advanced the practice’s diversity and knowledge, whilst the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies have aided the realization of fluid, dynamic and therefore complex architectural structures.
Zaha Hadid’s work was the subject of a critically-acclaimed retrospective exhibition at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2006 and showcased at London’s Design Museum in 2007. Hadid’s recently completed projects include the Nordpark Railway stations in Innsbruck, Mobile Art for Chanel in Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York, the Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion in Spain and the Burnham Pavilion in Chicago.

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  • friend
    Maria | 2009-05-03 06:40:16

    Zaha.....keep making the difference!!!!!

  • friend
    ralph erminy | 2009-05-09 01:34:11

    Mi opinion es que siendo arquitecto, quedo perplejo, ante el camino que seρala ese ejercicio dentro de nuestro oficio. Parece mαs ESCENOGRAFIA que ARQUITECTURA. ralph erminy

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    chinak | 2009-05-21 14:09:30

    ralph you cant say that arquitecture and this and that are separated cause arquitecture is the mother of all arts its the ratatouille of arts with all respect big hug ralph zaha keep moving and improving

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