Much has been made of the lack of interest of Zaha Hadid's work in the UK, the cancellation of the Cardif Bay Opera House, the eventual construction of the Riverside Museum (Glasgow, 2007-11) and the London Aquatics Centre (2012) but what of Hadid's work in Manchester?
Wikepedia neglect to mention it but there was a completed commission in Manchester "a unique chamber music hall specially designed to house solo performances of J S Bach works – enhancing the multiplicity of his music by using a single, continuous ribbon of fabric which continuously changes, stretches, compresses and moves around itself to cocoon both performers and audience within an intimate fluid space." (Zaha Hadid Architects)
This temporary fabric structure was housed in the Manchester Art Gallery in 2009. Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation and Holland Festival, the structure was home to nine concerts of J.S.Bach performed by students from the RNCM and Chetham’s School of Music and later toured to the Holland Festival and the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival.
So, however briefly, Manchester can be added to the list of cities fortunate enough to have been home to the work of this remarkable architect.
Zaha Hadid 1950-2016