Construction working files and related correspondence
Part of:
  • Zaha Hadid Architects (archive creator)
  • Sara Klomps (project architect)

Construction working files and related correspondence


1996 - 2015

Level of archival description:
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.
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Physical characteristics and technical requirements:

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.

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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