Zaha Hadid To Build University First

15 January 2008 (Last Updated January 15th, 2008 11:50)

Zaha Hadid has been selected to design her first building on a university campus and her second US project for the Michigan State University's (MSU) Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Her design for the 41,000ft² building will include 18,000ft² of space to dispay art from from special e

Zaha Hadid has been selected to design her first building on a university campus and her second US project for the Michigan State University's (MSU) Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

Her design for the 41,000ft² building will include 18,000ft² of space to dispay art from from special exhibitions, new media and the permanent collection.

MSU President Lou Anna K Simon says the board working on the project, which opened competition in June last year, chose Hadid's submission from a range of world-class entrants including Coop Himmelb(l)au, Morphosis, Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects and Randall Stout Architects – all of which are based in the US.

"Ms Hadid's design truly captured the spirit of what this iconic building will represent to MSU's campus and the greater mid-Michigan community that will benefit from its presence in the area," Simon says.

The building will be constructed using steel and concrete with a glass and aluminium exterior and will also incorporate an outdoor sculpture garden.

Hadid says she designed the building as a centre for the exchange of ideas and the showcasing of art.

"I believe we can create buildings that evoke original experiences, inspire people and make them excited about new ideas," Hadid says.

"The sculptural folds of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum's design and enigmatic qualities of its steel and glass surface follow a coherent formal logic, offering a sense of unlimited possibilities."

The project is expected to be complete in 2010.

By Penny Jones