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Here ... all the news , designs , pix for the project .
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Zaha Hadid Tapped for Baghdad Bank Building
By Lucie Alig, ARTINFO.COM

BAGHDAD, Iraq- Though UK-based architect Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad, she has never before received a commission to work there - or anywhere in Iraq, for that matter. But that is no longer the case. Authorities at Baghdad's Central Bank have confirmed that the award-winning architect has been picked to design a new headquarters for the institution. Hadid's new design will replace the bank's previous home, a marble-clad concrete structure that was attacked by suicide bombers and gunmen on 13 June, killing 14 people and injuring well over 50.
Plans for the project began - as Hadid's spokesperson was quick to inform Bloomberg - several weeks before the attack. Officials have called on her to submit "a feasibility study, brief development, and concept design" for further perusal. Hadid's design plans have not yet been released, though reports say that it will include a formidable array of security and defence features aimed at minimizing the damage in the event of another terrorist attack.
In recent years, Hadid's designs have gained a steady stream of accolades. In 2004, she was the first female to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and she is currently a nominee for the 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize - the most prestigious distinction for British architects. Her MAXXI Contemporary art museum in Rome, which earned her the Stirling nod, has also won largely favourable reviews since it opened officially earlier this year.
While most of her designs have been built in only the past few years, Hadid has long been praised by architecture theorists for her innovative ideas, and a 2006 Guggenheim retrospective helped solidify her reputation as one of today's leading architects. Hadid's spokesperson told press that the notoriously outspoken architect hopes that the new bank becomes a "symbol of the new nation."
 

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Governor of Baghdad: Central Bank of the new building will catch up with the European Bank


Governor of Baghdad: Central Bank of the new building will catch up with the European Bank
Currency News Hound - [1/31/2011]


The governor of Baghdad, Salah Abdul-Razzaq, during a meeting, Sunday, Governor of the Central Bank of the building of the Central Bank of Iraq in the new building will catch Jadiriyah Bank EU, said in a statement his office.

The statement said that the governor of Baghdad, Salah Abdul-Razzaq received today (Sunday) at his office in Baghdad’s central bank governor Sinan al-Shabibi, was discuss the construction of new building of the Central Bank of Iraq in Jadriya.

The statement quoted the governor of Baghdad, as saying that during the meeting view the architectural plans for building the bank to be implemented in Jadriya and developed architectural Iraqi World Zaha Hadid, which consists of 37 floors and period of completion of up to nearly 3 years at a cost ranging from $ 500 million.

Abdul Razak added that the building of the Central Bank of the new bank building will catch up with EU, pointing out that the design of the building is inspired by the cultural heritage of Iraq and fit the climate and atmosphere in Iraq


http://www.iraqdirectory.com/DisplayNews.aspx?id=14781
 

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thanks for the update!

so it will be 37 floors and based in Jadriya... I guess they've completely given up on redeveloping Rashid Street!
 

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lol, funny how most people here read Iraqdirectory.. it's has become the main project news source..

I didn't want to paste the article because it's poorly written. I was shaking my head after the first paragraph !
"Governor of the Central Bank of the building of the Central Bank of Iraq in the new building will catch Jadiriyah Bank EU"
LOL wtf
 

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quite possibly they're using google translate from the arabic original :D

as for my comment, the original "bank street" where the current central bank is located is off rashid street, the, now, run down part of old baghdad. I had hoped that the construction of a new HQ would be in the same area and co-incide with the redevelopment of the entire area... but it seems the urge to move to a new "high class" area has overturned sentimentalities... and with the central bank moving to Jadriya (where arasat street is already the unofficial new "bank street") the nail in the coffin for the last vestige of a "high end" unit in Rashid street is coming to an end... from now on, the area will slide down further... with no more bank employees coming there it will be strictly limited to street vendors and retailers of chinese tat... a central baghdad "suq mreedi".
 

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Whats the point? within a year it will be reduced to nothing more than rubble, now is not the time to build in Baghdad, big mistake
 

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Whats the point? within a year it will be reduced to nothing more than rubble, now is not the time to build in Baghdad, big mistake
how do you know...? completion is 4-5 years away, what makes you think stability will not achieved by then...
 

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well according to the design, security will be a major consideration (as expected).. it will not be a 'normal' office block
 

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This is a picture of when the president of the Central Bank of Iraq visited the governor of Baghdad to show him Zaha Hadid's Renders of the project. The article is in arabic, but it will cost $500 million and will have 37 floors in the Jadiriyah district of Baghdad.
 

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hmmmm if those are the renders then I'm little disappointed. I was expecting something more than just a glazed box!
 

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hmmm.

those look kind of like this building "lilium tower" she designed for Warsaw.




we can only dream that she'd design something like this for baghdad... (its for malaysia)
 

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^^ maybe cost, schedule ? anyway, we really don't know if that's indeed the final proposal, and we cant even see it that clearly anyway.. :lol: i think we should wait for an official render
 
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