Zaha Hadid: The Genius of Curves
At a juncture where the future of the firm of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is to be determined by a claim, or lawsuit, making its way through the High Court of Justice in London, Scale pays tribute to Dame Zaha Hadid, and looks at some of her designs: from creative fluid forms that lean precariously to objects that look simplistic yet allude us with a depth that can be lost at first sight. The ability to interpret ordinary with a twist, giving us a brief glimpse into the world of surreal, is a Hadid trait that continues to stun the design world. Hadis’s work will remain a legacy in breaking free of conventions and conformations and with her firm continuing on the path, the design community can hope to be stunned by the Hadid factor.
The Weave collection for Rosenthal
Founded in 1879, Rosenthal is one of the leading producers of porcelain products and when Zaha Hadid designs for this name, it needs to have her touch on the products. Reinterpreting her firms relation with fluidity in architecture are these pieces called Weave.
Maison & Objet 2019
Scale looks at products designed by the Hadid office, each of which continues her inventive methodology and process. These products were on display at the Maison & Objet, Paris.
New pieces for 2019 include the Swirl bowl in crystal glass that captures the dynamism of a liquefied vortex. A complex geometry, the bowl features topographical shifts that ripple across its surface. The monochromatic colour palette accentuates their materiality, while a linear channel carved into the surface of the platter and plate enables objects to nest within their volumes. The Hew tray is an evolution of Hadid’s acclaimed Mesa and Aqua table designs. Composed as series of conjoined surfaces that Hadid referenced as water-lily leaves, the tray is supported by a gently undulating base which also defines voids for carrying.
Al Wakra Stadium
Hadid designed this stadium for Al Wakra, a seafaring trading port with its people ploughing through the waves on the dhow boats in earlier times while still a place that is populated. Hadid was inspired by these sails of a dhow and the boldly futuristic shape of the 40,000-capacity arena that will host matches through to the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, mirrors the innovative, ambitious spirit of the place. This was also one of the most talked about designs when it was revealed, with the media nicknaming it as the “accidental vagina stadium” based on its resemblance to a woman’s private parts. Whatever be its inspiration, this building when complete will definitely thrust the country into throes of sports excellence and liberation.
Heydar Aliyev in Azerbaijan
The Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan is a cultural center that establishes a continuous, fluid relationship between its surrounding plaza and the building’s interior. The plaza, as the ground surfaceis accessible to all as part of Baku’s urban fabric, rises to envelop an equally public interior space and define a sequence of event spaces dedicated to the collective celebration of contemporary and traditional Azeri culture. Elaborate formations such as undulations and folds modify this plaza surface into an architectural landscape that welcomes, embraces and directs visitors through different levels of the interior. The Center, designed to become the primary building for the nation’s cultural programs, breaks from the rigid and often monumental Soviet architecture that is so prevalent in Baku, aspiring instead to express the sensibilities of Azeri culture and the optimism of a nation that looks to the future.
Bergisel ski jumping hill tower, Austria
Bergisel ski jumping hill tower is a pilgrimage site for winter-sports enthusiasts. Bergisel has seen two Olympic Winter Games and is the venue of countless international competitions attracting spectators from all over the world. Its ski jump installation, designed by Hadid in 2001, is a triumph of style and structure. The sinuous and dynamic form of the main tower accommodates a restaurant, viewing terrace and the ski jump starting ramp and offers a breathtaking view of Innsbruck.
The Capital Hill Residence, Mosco
Zaha Hadid only ever designed one residential project which was finally completed in 2018. Owned by Real Estate Developer Vladislav Doronin, Capital Hill Residence is a one-of-a-kind building, located in a forest near Moscow in Russia. The client asked Hadid to build him a house under the sky; so that he sees just the skies when he opens his eyes. To achieve that prime position in a forest filled with tress became the reason for the fine positioning of the fourth floor above all the tress giving an unobstructed view of the skies. The fourth floor of the home extends 30 m above the rest of the house, resting above the treetops. “It may be a beautiful sculpture, “says Vladislav, “but most importantly, it’s a livable space.