Hadid architecture

Born in 1950, Hadid continues to be a driving force in the conceptualization and production of complex curvilinear geometrical space. Having travelled and taught all over the world, Hadid serves on the board of trustees for the Architecture Foundation and teaches currently at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. She is principal of Zaha Hadid Architects located in a renovated Victorian school building in Clerkenwell, London, established in 1980.

She is also in the top 100 most powerful women in the world.

Often described as planetary, Hadid’s designs are clearly an embrace of the irrational with a refinement that feels compellingly weightless. Her sketches are reminiscent of cubist drawings, however as the structures are introduced to the third dimension, the structures create a relationship with the natural gravitational forces as if it is hovering. Le Corbusier described this interaction as “Liberation from the ground.“

Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Ohio

Vitra Fire Station, Austria

Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck, Austria

“Without ever building, Zaha Hadid would have radically expanded architecture’s repertoire of spatial articulation. Now that the implementation in complex buildings is happening, the power of her innovation is fully revealed.”  –  Rolf Fehlbaum

The Cardiff Bay Opera House sketch, Wales, Great Britain

Hadid’s presentation sketches are reminiscent of cubist paintings with more focus on the exaggerated perspective of the crystalline forms emerging from the base structure.

With current technology, the futuristic forms that Hadid incorporates into her structures are digitally accessible. Because of the complexity of forms layered and built out of the base structure, having a three dimensional model is quite beneficial, and something Lissitzky and Le Crbusier would have imcorporated had the technology been as advanced as it is today.


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So I had a really productive day in the studio laying some paint down. Graduation in May, first requires a final exhibition of my work in the Cress Gallery on campus. Despite all the design work that I do, I feel that it is extremely important to disconnect from the digital. Think of it as analog creativity. My best friend Bill and I have been experimenting with a technique of laying down acrylic in such a way that it’s viscosity creates very interesting forms by pushing and pulling pigment across the surface of all different kinds of materials. The current favorite medium in the studio would be MDF board. It is cheap and porous, which is great for handling thinned out pigment. As the medium absorbs the acrylic, translucent layers form and create a very celestial depth.

This piece is a collaboration that I am working on with Bill. It has actually been in progress for four or five months almost. We hauled it back into the studio just today actually to try and get it finished up. This image and the following illustrate the technique of flowing pigment onto the surface.


Look at this tree growing up through the masonry in this abandoned hotel. This is the rear of the St. George hotel on Market Street in downtown Chattanooga. This decrepit structure looks as if it could collapse at any moment, especially if the tree knocks down that lad bearing pilaster. Still though, it is an interesting juxtaposition of nature existing alongside refined man made materials.

Final words: Trees are resilient.

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