Zaha Hadid Architects has officially opened its doors in the Middle East, with an office space located at the Dubai Design District (d3).
The space includes a display of 3D-printed models of the firm’s most well-known work, both in the region and internationally as well as design pieces created for various brands.
Graphic displays of the architects works are also depicted on one of the walls of the office, while the rest of the space acts more as a salon and seating area. Two furniture pieces designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid are also situated in the salon area.
The firm are continuing the visionary Iraqi-born architects legacy by establishing closer ties and a bigger presence in the Middle East region.
“It was very important to Zaha to give back to the region,” Patrik Schumacher, principal at ZHA told visitors, who were invited to the exclusive opening of the firm’s MENA headquarters.
Schumacher has taken over in overseeing the design direction, having worked at the firm since 1988, as wel as working closely with Hadid on all projects produced by the firm’s main office in London.
The Middle East HQ will act as a base to connect with regional clients, while all design work will continue operating from its base in London.
“It is very important for us to be in the region,” Schumacher told designMENA. He added that it appears that the region is booming once again and is an exciting place to be. He added that the Middle East is one of the biggest markets for Zaha Hadid Architects, alongside Asia.
He commented on the choice of location, citing d3 as a place with a “cluster of competitors as well as potential collaborators”.
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“After thirty years of experience and relations with the Middle East region, working on project in various parts of the GCC and the overall MENA region, we are now opening our office in Dubai to translate and reflect our ongoing commitment to our clients in the region,” said Tariq Khayyat, head of Middle East region.
“We currently have 15 ongoing projects at various phases of design and construction in the region. Setting up a base in the Middle East shows our commitment and passion for the region,” he added.