Zaha Hadid to Design Hackney Project

16 May 2007 (Last Updated May 16th, 2007 06:23)

Zaha Hadid has won planning permission to develop a daring new scheme in Hoxton Square, East London. The 900m² development, which will replace an existing 1980's building (number 33-34) on the east side of the square, will house a ground-floor gallery, offices and apartments. The project is

Zaha Hadid has won planning permission to develop a daring new scheme in Hoxton Square, East London. The 900m² development, which will replace an existing 1980's building (number 33-34) on the east side of the square, will house a ground-floor gallery, offices and apartments. The project is set to become Hadid's first built project in England. Work is expected to start on the development in the autumn.

This proposal represents a bold addition to Hoxton Square. The dramatic sweep of the roof and stark modern elevations present an architectural counterpoint to the adjacent listed building. It also contributes a notable and signature building to the diversity of architectural styles already present in Hoxton Square.

"Hackney is already home to Jay Jopling's White Cube Gallery and together with Dalston Culture House, Hackney Empire, and Sir Richard Roger's planned Gillet Square development, Hackney looks set to become one of the world's most exciting destinations for lovers of art, culture and architecture," said Daniel Bridge, head of Invest in Hackney.