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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Zaha Hadid from Prada to Guangzhou Opera House

Zaha Hadid has taken architecture and design to its absolute pinnacle.  With her uncompromising will and sheer fearless intensity she has pushed the envelope of form and dynamicism inspiring so many non-believers. Unlike other architects who once they reach a certain level of  success seem to recreate the same building repeatedly, Zaha continues to explore new boundaries.  Asked to design shoes for Prada, a custom BMW, she is equally comfortable doing large scale urban planning of the city fabric of places like Singapore and Abu Dhabi.  Her creative forms are significant not only for the engineering that ensues, but also by the way in which the exterior form manifests itself on the interior.  Once again Hadid has proven that the will to create is more powerful than the negativity any of her detractors could ever put forth. - Ecomanta

Guangzhou Opera House_Guangdong province, China

Shaped to resemble two pebbles on the bank of the Pearl River, the building houses a 1,800-seat theatre plus 400-seat multifunctional hall, rehearsal rooms and entrance hall. The main auditorium is lined with moulded panels made from glass-fibre reinforced gypsum to create a folded, flowing surface. The Opera House is at the heart of Guangzhou's cultural development. Its unique twin-boulder design enhances the city by opening it to the Pearl River, unifying the adjacent cultural buildings with the towers of international finance in Guangzhou's Zhujiang new town. The design evolved from the concepts of a natural landscape and the fascinating interplay between architecture and nature; engaging with the principles of erosion, geology and topography. 

Evelyn Grace Academy_Brixton, South London

Zaha Hadid Architects completed this school that bridges a running track in Brixton, south London. The building zig-zags across the site with sports field tucked between it and the roads on both sides. Classrooms are organized along wide corridors with occasional double-height halls. The Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, London Borough of Lambeth, broadens not only the educational diversity of this active and historical part of London but also augments the built environment in a predominantly residential area. The design of the building proffers that, which contemporary architecture can, to create a healthy atmosphere as a milieu for progressive teaching routines. In keeping with the educational ideology of "school-within-schools" the design is to create natural segregation patterns nested within highly functional spaces which give each of the four schools a distinct identity, both internally and externally. 

 Zaha Hadid and Suprematism_Zurich Switzerland

Galerie Gmurzynska presents a seminal exhibition curated and designed by Zaha Hadid, coinciding with the 41st edition of Art Basel which juxtaposing works of the Russian Avant-Garde with the work of Zaha Hadid. A bright explosion of Russian Works pierces through the contemporary works of Zaha Hadid in a dynamic black and white design. The dialogue of these works constantly shifts and realigns as one moves through the space focusing on the four themes: Abstractino, Distortion, Fragmentation, and Floataion. 

 Zaha Hadid: Fluidity & Design_Al-Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain

For her inaugural exhibition in the Gulf, Zaha Hadid: Fluidity and Design, presents her practice's continued exploration and research towards a new architectrual language of fluidity that encompasses all scales for design- a built manifesto informed by originality and innovation. Evolving from the demands of greater complexity and variety in contemporary society, this new language is driven by the latest advances in computational design processes and state of-the-art fabrication technologies.