Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) redefined architecture for the 21st century with a repertoire of projects that have captured imaginations across the globe. Form and space are woven within the structure of buildings that evolve from their surroundings and tie disparate programs together. Enticingly contextual, each project combines an unwavering optimism for the future with concepts of connectivity and integration.
Receiving the highest honours from civic, professional and academic institutions worldwide, ZHA is one of the world’s most consistently inventive architectural studios—and has been for four decades.
These 40 years of research are inscribed within every design. Marrying innovative digital design methods with ecologically sound materials and sustainable construction practices, ZHA does not look at the disparate parts, but works to understand them as a whole to build the aspirations of a new generation.
Zaha Hadid explored formal concepts at all scales: from city masterplans and skyscrapers to furniture pieces, product designs and jewellery. Collaborating with the world’s most renowned furniture-makers and fashion houses, she established Zaha Hadid Design in 2006; each piece inspired by ZHA’s work. Zaha Hadid Design continues this legacy—creating innovative collections informed by ZHA’s architecture and inventive methodologies.
“My product designs and architecture have always been connected. Some of our earliest projects were designs for products and interiors. These design pieces are very important to me and my team. They inspire our creativity by providing an opportunity to express our ideas through different scales and through different media; an essential part of our on-going design investigation,” Zaha Hadid explained during her 2006 retrospective exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
The Zaha Hadid Gallery in London showcases the collections of Zaha Hadid Design as well as exhibitions with a focus on Zaha Hadid Architects’ archive and research, in addition to the work of emerging designers. The gallery is also a venue for events, talks and performances rooted in contemporary culture.
From November 8th 2018, the Zaha Hadid Gallery presents a pop-up exhibition in the new space for art at 514 West 28th Street, New York. Located on the ground floor of ZHA’s acclaimed 520 W 28th residential condominium building in Manhattan, this new 2,000 square feet gallery developed by Related Companies and joins their adjacent High Line Nine exhibition space.
Greg Gushee, Related’s executive vice president, explains: “The development of the High Line Nine is part of Related Companies’ ongoing commitment to preserve and enhance the cultural character of West Chelsea, and further expand the art and cultural neighbourhood coming to life at Hudson Yards.”
Zaha Hadid Gallery’s pop-up exhibition in New York presents a curated selection of works including architectural models of 520 W 28th and a series of six ‘Silver Models’ representing eight key projects. Originally conceived by Hadid for the 2005 ‘Silver Paintings’ exhibition at the ROVE Gallery, London, these abstract sculptural forms retain the essence of the formal language of the buildings.
Several of Zaha Hadid Design’s latest collaborations are showcased within the pop-up. The Striation rug from the new RE/Form collection for Royal Thai celebrates Hadid’s signature use of layering and play with light and shadow; while the AVIA chandeliers for Slamp embody integrating complexity with innovative manufacturing techniques, each comprised of 50 intricately layered elements that create a dynamic play of light.
In conjunction with the ammann // gallery, Cologne, photography by Hélène Binet captures the materiality and composition of ZHA’s work. Binet began her relationship with the practice in 1993 photographing ZHA’s first completed building, the Vitra Fire Station and has continued to the present day with powerful images of the firm’s most renowned projects.
The Lapella chair is also presented within the exhibition. A research project investigating structure and fabrication-aware tectonics, Lapella reinterprets Hans J. Wegner’s iconic 1963 lounge chair using contemporary stone tooling and carbon fibre composites in a patented new manufacturing process.
Developed by ZHCODE — ZHA’s computation and design research group — Lapella continues the studio’s ongoing experimentation into innovative new methods of design and construction to generate geometries defined by light-weight material utilisation and structural performance.
This investigative approach is evident in each of the works presented within the New York pop-up; demonstrating the studio’s collaborative, research-led methodology where furniture and product designs are inter-related at an architectural scale with their research and experimentation of new materials and manufacturing technologies.
Zaha Hadid Gallery’s pop-up exhibition in New York opened to the public on November 8th and will be open until December at 514 West 28th Street.
Zaha Hadid Gallery: NYC Pop Up
1pm – 6pm Tuesday to Friday
514 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001