Zaha Hadid: A tribute
She was internationally known for her sinuous and dinamic shapes and for being the first woman who won a Pritzker award along with the gold metal of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In Italy Hadid left the MAXXI Museum of contemporay art, in Rome, and three work in progress architectures: the City Life project in Milan, which includes a skyscraper that will transform the city's skyline, the maritime station in Salerno and Napoli Afragola station.
Zaha Hadid died at the age of 65 from a heart attack. She was born in Baghdad, studied mathematics and architecture between Beirut and London and went on to be naturalized as a British citizen. Her study, Zaha Hadid Architects, gathers today more than 200 architects that have designed more than 1000 projects all around the world.
The common trait of all her creations, the one that made her famous, is the sinuous shape - sometimes curved, sometimes oblique and sharp-cornered. From the London Acquatics Centre to the Nordpark Cable Railway Station in Innsbruck, from Rosenthal Contemporary Art Centre in Cincinnati to Guangzhou Opera House in China, from the jewels collections for Svarowski to interior design. Zaha Hadid collaborated with some of the most important international brands, such as B&B Italia, for which in 2007 she signed the sofa-sculpture called Moon System, whose design joins curved and sharp lines, for a futuristic twist.
For Artemide, Hadid signed the Genesy table lamp, that is characterised by the same fluid, almost biomorphic design. Its body is in injection-moulded foam polyurethane.
An opposite yet complementary design characterises Aria and Avia suspension lamps for Slamp, made up of 50 layers of plastic material that make them similar to acquatic creatures. The scalloped profiles turn this lamp into a veritable masterpiece.
Even Flow vases, designed for Serralunga, are similar to ever-moving creatures: dinamic, slender and polished, they continuously reflect the surrounding environment.
For Magis, in 2011, Zaha Hadid went back to maths: for the Tide modular bookcase she took her inspiration from the algorythm of the minimum surfaces, the ones whose points have a minimum radius equivalent to zero. Just like the soap bubbles that come out when a string is dipped in soapy water. The result is dominated by curvy and light shapes, exhalted by polished ABS, that can be combined to give life to spacious shelves.
Goodbye, Zaha Hadid, the one who taught us the elegance of the curve.
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