Zaha Hadid Architects‘ latest project is about to see the presentation of Start-Up, its first building. It is the Unicorn Island, a real island in the center of the Chinese city of Chengdu, on the eastern shore of Xin Long Lake, which will host an exhibition and congress center covering an area of 67 hectares.
The complex is born from the desire to support the sectors linked to technology and research that in recent years are experiencing exponential growth. Suffice it to say that until recently the Chinese economy was based almost exclusively on traditional industries, while in recent years interest is shifting to technology, giving rise to the so-called “unicorn companies”.
Once completed, Unicorn Island will be easily accessible both on foot and by bicycle, but also by subway. The project involves a series of buildings with a sinuous shape and soft lines positioned in “clusters” – therefore divided into groups – around a central square that will serve as a meeting place, but will also be used to create the metro stops.
The aspect linked to sustainability does not take second place, in fact, Unicorn Island will host public green spaces, water collection systems, and agriculture.
There is still a long way to go before the end of the project, in the meantime let’s find out what Unicorn Island will look like.