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ZORROZAURRE MASTER PLAN

PRESS RELEASE

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: PRESS@ZAHA-HADID.COM

ZORROZAURRE MASTER PLAN, BILBAO
2003 - Urban Development PROGRAM: CLIENT:[BILBAO, SPAIN]

Refurbishment and construction of housing, new industries, tertiary uses, urban and recreational spaces and new connections linking the peninsular, city and surrounding areas.Management Committee for the urban development of the peninsula of Zorrozaurre of Bilbao Bilbao SPAIN Design Project Architect Project Manager Local Firm Zaha Hadid Architects Gunther Koppelhuber Kim ThorntonArkitektura Eta Hirigintza Bulegoa S.A. [Spain]

ARCHITECT:

ENGINEER: LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: URBAN STRATEGY CONSULTANT: SIZE/AREA :

Ove Arup Partners [UK] Gross Max [UK] Larry Barth [UK] 60hectare

The Zorrozaurre area is at the centre of three linked trends in the contemporary urban process. There are many challenges and opportunities for the master planning and development ofZorrozaurre, for the various claims for infrastructure, open space, community, and recreation must be innovatively balanced in this tightly defined area of land. If Zorrozaurre presents itself as a key to bothregional and local development, its current disconnection from both raises the opening challenge. Transport solutions will have to be explored in depth, and in conjunction with various possibledensities and types of development. However, if it is the Nervion river which currently isolates the site, it is also the water which gives this site its future character and identity. The master planningof this site will require the close integration of engineering, architecture, and strategic planning. We believe that innovation in urban design offers the best possible response to challenges of thismagnitude, for it is here that one begins to define the character and identity of Zorrozaurre, the better to generate the sustaining partnerships and commitments necessary to the support its...
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