Located near Papeete on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia, the International Convention Centre and Theatres’ design sits on a sloping 5-hectare site with panoramic views overlooking the lagoon and its tropical sunsets. The design incorporates two theatres (350 and 1,200 seats), a large 3,500 seat performance hall, two conference rooms (300 and 600 seats), and a 4,000 sq. m multifunctional exhibition hall.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ set out to design a leading destination with sustainability at its core as a new national landmark for French Polynesia, while staying true and respectful to the cultural importance of the site and the power of the archipelago’s nature. This was achieved by dividing the 32,000 sq. m brief into smaller volumes and composing them around a stepped park enveloped by tropical vegetation. Echoing a traditional Tahitian village, all venues are directly and independently accessible from the central park running through the heart of the design. The foyers of all venues are open to the outside and extended by large canopies that provide a close relationship to the park’s external plazas. This succession of canopies creates a continuous shelter to protect and guide visitors to each venue. The various scales and textures of the timber architecture and the gentle curvature of the canopies interact with the sunlight and tropical vegetation while framing a cinematic experience of extraordinary views over the lagoon.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ proposal is a very low carbon design that is unique to the climate and resources of Tahiti, with a 375kgCO2e/ m2 initial embodied carbon impact, 50


Site 5ha near Papeete, Tahiti Island
Programme: International Convention Centre and Theatres Performance hall (3500 seats) Two Theatres (1200 and 350 seats) Two Conference rooms (600 and 300 seats) Multifunction Exhibition hall (4000m2)
Total GIA 32000m2 5000 car parking spaces above ground (as a stepped plateau to the whole project)
Landscape 18400m2

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
ZHA Project Director: Jim Heverin
ZHA Project Leads: Marie-Perrine Plaçais, Victor Orive
ZHA Project Team: Karthikeyan Arunachalam, Anthony Awanis, Muriel Boselli, Ines Fontoura, Alejandro Garcia Gadea, Marco Guardincerri, Nelly Huang, Peter Irmscher, Man Jia, Mariagrazia Lanza, Nicolas Turchi, Adam Twigger, Angelica Videla, Adrian Yiu, Yuan Zhai

Local Architect: Tropical Architecture
Engineering: Buro Happold
Theatre Consultant: Charcoal Blue
Landscape: Gillespies
Local engineering: IPSI, Neonergie, Vaihupe
Venue Specialist: Gaining Edge
Cost Consultant: BMF Conseil


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