Zaha Hadid does Amman

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Zaha Hadid

's latest project is the

King Abdullah II House of Culture & Art

, which includes a 1,600-seat concert theatre, 400-seat theatre, educational centre and galleries. Here's her explanation for the design:

"Petra is an astonishing example of the wonderful interplay between architecture and nature, as well as the intricate complexity and elegance of natural forms - the rose-colored mountain walls have been eroded, carved and polished to reveal the astonishing strata of sedimentation. We have applied these principles to articulate the public spaces within the centre, with eroded interior surfaces that extend into the public plaza in front of the building."