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Construction working files and related correspondence

Construction working files and related correspondence

Part of

People

  • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)
  • Sara Klomps (project architect)

Title

Construction working files and related correspondence

Dates of creation

1996 - 2015

Level of archival description

Series

Extent and Medium

  • Approximately 27,600 digital files (41.0 GB)

Scope and Content

Series 3: Construction working files and related correspondence, 1996 – 2015, contains CAD files and related textual records documenting the evolution of the Phaeno Science Centre project over time, particularly during the construction and post-construction phases. Formats represented include chiefly CAD drawings (plotter files, AutoCAD drawings, DXF), as well as text documents (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PDF, plain text) and images (JPEG, TIFF). There is also a significant amount of email correspondence (MSG, MBOX). The bulk of the materials dates from 2000 – 2005.

The materials in this series chiefly consist of project working files by year from 2002 to 2015 (non-inclusive). These directories primarily consist of plotter files and other construction drawings in CAD formats, both sent and received by ZHA. Alongside the drawings, there is also often a significant body of textual material, including email correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, translations, legal documentation, and other administrative material. Taken altogether, the working files provide insight into the construction of the Phaeno Science Centre as it evolved over time.

In addition to the working files, there are also a number of other files arranged topically. This includes material for construction permit applications, invoices to the client and contractors, construction schedules and pricing, materials related to consultants, and additional detail drawings. Notably, this series also contains the email archives of Sara Klomps, a project architect for the Phaeno Science Centre from the early 2000s through at least 2015. These materials reflect her work on the project, particularly communication with the client and consultants, as well as the arc of her career at ZHA, where she became associate director in 2014.

Reference Number

AP195.S3

Physical Description

There are a small number of corrupted files, as well as files with an unknown file type. It is unclear how to access the content of this material. Some external references on some CAD files are also missing. See file-level description for more information. The Sara Klomps email archive contains an MBOX file, which can be opened in certain open-source email tools like Thunderbird or ePADD, as well as in a plain-text editor.

Arrangement

These files were left in received order as much as possible, with each grouping of files representing major directories. Some minor arrangement occurred during processing and is documented on the file-level.

General note

  • The Sara Klomps email archives were processed using ePADD. See file-level description for additional information.

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.001
    • Title: 2002 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, largely drawings and related texts
    • Dates of creation: 14 May 1997 - 28 January 2005
    • Form: drawings, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Includes drawings (largely floorplans) and memos sent and received by Zaha Hadid Architects. This directory significantly duplicates the material in AP195.S3.015; the files appear to have been used for different functions and both sets were kept. Original directory name: "988_LP5-DOCS_2002". Most common file formats: Hewlett Packard Vector Graphic Plotter File, AutoCAD Drawing, Microsoft Word Document, Microsoft Excel 97 Workbook (xls).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 6197 digital files (6 GB)

    Physical Description:

    Many of the drawing files can be opened with AutoCAD but were not developed by Autodesk; the format of these files is unknown, though AutoCAD appears to display a relatively high fidelity drawing. Similarly, some files with the .dwg extension are empty, either containing zero bytes or containing all 0's in a hex editor. Some files ending with the .doc file extension are of an unknown format; these are partially readable using text editors, like Notepad, though it does not seem to be their native format.

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.002
    • Title: 2003 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, largely drawings and related texts
    • Dates of creation: 13 June 2001 - 27 August 2004
    • Form: born digital, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Includes drawings (largely floorplans) and memos sent and received by Zaha Hadid Architects, as well as meeting notes and translations of administrative materials. Original directory name: "988_LP5_DOCS_2003". Most common file formats: Hewlett Packard Vector Graphic Plotter File, AutoCAD Drawing, Microsoft Word Document, Unidentified, Microsoft Excel 97 Workbook (xls).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4855 digital files (6 GB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.003
    • Title: 2004 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, largely drawings and related texts
    • Dates of creation: 1 January 2000 - 21 February 2005
    • Form: drawings, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Includes drawings (largely floorplans) and memos sent and received by Zaha Hadid Architects, as well as meeting notes and translations of administrative materials. Original directory name: "988_LP5_DOCS_2004". Most common file formats: Drawing Interchange File Format (ASCII), Hewlett Packard Vector Graphic Plotter File, AutoCAD Drawing, Microsoft Word Document, Unidentified.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4346 digital files (5 GB)

    Physical Description:

    Some external references on some CAD files are missing.

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.004
    • Title: 2005 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, chiefly construction drawings including the final construction set
    • Dates of creation: 5 November 2001 - 9 February 2006
    • Form: drawings, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Includes construction drawings, which were versioned over time, as well as the final construction set. Original directory name: "988_DOCS_2005". Most common file formats: Hewlett Packard Vector Graphic Plotter File, AutoCAD Drawing, Microsoft Word Document, Acrobat PDF 1.3 - Portable Document Format, Microsoft Excel 97 Workbook (xls).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 3346 digital files (5 GB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.005
    • Title: 2006 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, including plans, meeting minutes, and the book "Concrete Dreams: Zaha Hadid's Phaeno"
    • Dates of creation: 8 May 1999 - 29 March 2007
    • Form: born digital, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Includes a digitized copy of the book "Concrete Dreams: Zaha Hadid's Phaeno," as well as plans, meeting minutes, and materials sent to the press. Notably, the press materials include concept animations and renderings from each phase of the project. Original directory name: "988_DOCS_2006". Most common file formats: JPEG File Interchange Format, Tagged Image File Format, Encapsulated PostScript File Format, Microsoft Word Document, Acrobat PDF.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 211 digital files (1 GB)

    Physical Description:

    One file, "concept_anim.MPG," appears to be partially corrupted.

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.006
    • Title: 2007 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, including construction photographs, detail drawings, and correspondence
    • Dates of creation: 30 June 2004 - 21 July 2008
    • Form: drawings, photographs, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_2007". Most common file formats: Exchangeable Image File Format (Compressed), Acrobat PDF, Microsoft Word Document.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 34 digital files (24 MB)

    Arrangement:

    This directory was initially a subdirectory of the 2008 working files. The file "988-p3-PLAN-BASEMENT-Converted-.ai" was not included as part of a major directory in the original arrangement and was moved into this directory due to its last modified date.

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.007
    • Title: 2008 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, including surface photographs, renderings, and correspondence
    • Dates of creation: 30 July 2008 - 6 April 2009
    • Form: born digital, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_2008". Most common file formats: JPEG File Interchange Format, Exchangeable Image File Format (Compressed), AutoCAD Drawing, Acrobat PDF, Microsoft Outlook Email Message.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 98 digital files (134 MB)

    Arrangement:

    This directory initially contained the 2007 working files, which were moved to their own file. The file "fair_face_concrete_details.ppt" was not included as part of a major directory in the original arrangement and was moved into this directory due to its last modified date.

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.008
    • Title: 2009 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, largely correspondence and plans related to the landscape
    • Dates of creation: 3 July 2002 - 19 August 2011
    • Form: born digital, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_2009". Most common file formats: Acrobat PDF, Hewlett Packard Vector Graphic Plotter File, AutoCAD Drawing, Microsoft Word Document.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 303 digital files (340 MB)

    Physical Description:

    One file "Lvtga04.doc" appears to be a DBase file imported into a document. It is unclear how to access the content of this file.

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.009
    • Title: 2010 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, largely drawings and construction photographs related to an addition
    • Dates of creation: 25 February 2001 - 14 December 2011
    • Form: drawings, photographs, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_2010". Most common file formats: Acrobat PDF - Portable Document Format, Exchangeable Image File Format (Compressed), AutoCAD Drawing, Microsoft Outlook Email Message.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 77 digital files (321 MB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.010
    • Title: 2011 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, including site plans, as well as correspondence and images relating to repairs
    • Dates of creation: 1 July 2002 - 19 January 2012
    • Form: born digital, photographs, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_2011". Most common file formats: Acrobat PDF, Exchangeable Image File Format (Compressed), Microsoft Word for Windows.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 91 digital files (90 MB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.011
    • Title: 2012 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, largely correspondence related to concrete
    • Dates of creation: 3 September 2009 - 3 April 2014
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_2012". Most common file formats: Acrobat PDF, Microsoft Outlook Email Message, AutoCAD Drawing.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 21 digital files (27 MB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.012
    • Title: 2014 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, including correspondence and site plans for legal proceedings
    • Dates of creation: 6 July 2004 - 12 June 2015
    • Form: drawings, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_2014". Most common file formats: JPEG File Interchange Format, Acrobat PDF, Microsoft Outlook Email Message.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 170 digital files (309 MB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.013
    • Title: 2015 working files for Phaeno Science Centre, chiefly email correspondence regarding ongoing legal matters
    • Dates of creation: 12 June 2015
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_2015". Most common file formats: Microsoft Outlook Email Message, Acrobat PDF.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 57 digital files (41 MB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.014
    • Title: 3D models, renderings, and drawings for Phaeno Science Centre with related documentation, possibly related to construction permit application
    • Dates of creation: 19 November 1996 - 16 April 2007
    • Form: born digital, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_DWG_ARCH". Most common file formats: AutoCAD Drawing, Hewlett Packard Vector Graphic Plotter File, OLE2 Compound Document Format, Microsoft Word Document, Microsoft Excel 97 Workbook (xls).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1059 digital files (2 GB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.015
    • Title: AutoCAD drawings, dimension calculations, and invoices for Phaeno Science Centre
    • Dates of creation: 13 June 2001 - 19 February 2007
    • Form: drawings, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_Invoice_Check". The materials also significantly duplicate the 2002 working files; the files appear to have been used for different functions, and both sets were kept. Most common file formats: AutoCAD Drawing, Microsoft Excel 97 Workbook (xls), Hewlett Packard Vector Graphic Plotter File, Drawing Interchange File Format (ASCII), Microsoft Word Document.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2194 digital files (3 GB)

    Physical Description:

    Some external references in some CAD files are missing. The files ending with the extension .swa appear to have been created by the German-language CAD software, WinAVA; it is unclear how to open these files. One file, "POS_1.2.9.xls," appears to be partially corrupted.

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.016
    • Title: Construction costs for Phaeno Science Centre
    • Dates of creation: 17 October 2004 - 30 May 2007
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_costs". Most common file formats: Microsoft Excel 97 Workbook (xls), Microsoft Word Document.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 5 digital files (747 KB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.017
    • Title: Construction schedules for Phaeno Science Centre
    • Dates of creation: 29 October 2004 - 26 January 2005
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_schedule". Most common file formats: Acrobat PDF - Portable Document Format.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 13 digital files (5 MB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.018
    • Title: Detail drawings in AutoCAD for Phaeno Science Centre, as well as sample title blocks and other templates
    • Dates of creation: 19 October 1997 - 30 April 2007
    • Form: born digital, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_BLOCK". Most common file formats: AutoCAD Drawing, JPEG File Interchange Format, Log File, AutoCAD Colour-Dependant Plot Style Table, AutoCAD Plot Configuration File.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 311 digital files (63 MB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.019
    • Title: Drawings and documentation from Doka, a framework construction company, for Phaeno Science Centre
    • Dates of creation: 17 April 2002 - 28 January 2005
    • Form: drawings, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "doka-pla_ne". Most common file formats: Hewlett Packard Vector Graphic Plotter File, AutoCAD Drawing, Microsoft Outlook Email Message, Microsoft Word Document.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 66 digital files (31 MB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.020
    • Title: Invoices for consultants and Les Films d'Ici, as well as other financial documentation for Phaeno Science Centre
    • Dates of creation: 27 July 2000 - 5 July 2006
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original directory name: "988_INVOICES". Most common file formats: Microsoft Word Document, Microsoft Excel 97 Workbook (xls), Acrobat PDF, Unidentified.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 333 digital files (9 MB)

    Physical Description:

    One PDF, titled "988-FINALPAYMENTSCHEDULE-CHART.pdf" appears to be corrupted.

    Arrangement:

    Two directories, both titled "988_INVOICES," contained related information and were collocated. One was retitled "988_INVOICES(2)."

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.021
    • Title: Meeting minutes, drawings, and other documentation from Wolfsburg Consult (WOB), project management consultants for Phaeno Science Centre
    • Dates of creation: 2 November 2005 - 19 August 2011
    • Form: born digital, drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This directory also includes correspondence from the real estate agent involved with the purchase of the Phaeno Science Center plot. Original directory name: "wob". Most common file formats: Acrobat PDF.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 10 digital files (5 MB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

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    • Reference Number: AP195.S3.022
    • Title: Sara Klomps Phaeno Science Centre email archive
    • Dates of creation: 27 April 2001 - 31 July 2012
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)
    • Sara Klomps (project architect)

    Description:

    This file contains the email archives of Sara Klomps, a project architect for the Phaeno Science Centre from the early 2000s through at least 2015. These materials reflect her work on the project, particularly communication with the client and consultants, as well as the arc of her career at ZHA, where she became associate director in 2014. Most common file formats: MBOX.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 5342 emails (4 GB)

    Credit line:

    Zaha Hadid Architects Phaeno Science Centre project records,
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Gift of Zaha Hadid Foundation

    General note:

    • At the time of accession, the email archive consisted of a group of Microsoft Outlook Email files (PST). The PST files were converted to the MBOX format using Emailchemy. The resulting MBOX files were processed using ePADD, where the emails were appraised and additional metadata was assigned. Through ePADD, the emails were finally exported as one MBOX file for preservation and access.
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