Fluidity & Design by Zaha Hadid in Bahrain
For her inaugural exhibition in the Gulf, „Zaha Hadid – Fluidity & Design“, the Pritzker Prize winning architect presents her practice’s continued exploration and research towards a new architectural language of fluidity that encompasses all scales of 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.
Zaha Hadid views the fields of urbanism, architecture and design as inherently interrelated, with the fluid sensibility of her design projects impacting our own perception of space. In a dialogue of complex curvilinear geometries - each design morphologically conceived and shaped further by typological, functional and ergonomic considerations – Hadid reinvents the balance between object and space – establishing a direct discourse with the Cartesian galleries of the Shaikh Ebrahim Center and presenting the unbounded possibilities of her formal repertoire.
Showcased in the Bin Matar House, one of the traditional Bahraini houses restored by the Shaikh Ebrahim Center, „Zaha Hadid – Fluidity & Design“ reveals the spatial complexity of Hadid’s visionary creations. The exhibition brings together a selection of works that articulate our immediate tactile environment, demonstrating Hadid’s radical reinterpretation of the space we occupy. The works included within the exhibition range from jewellery to large-scale furniture pieces, each produced as unique or limited edition pieces, giving the visitor a true overview of the range of Zaha Hadid’s design practice.
Zaha Hadid – Fluidity & Design Exhibition, 15 March – 30 April 2010 Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research, Bahrain
Photos: Lotus, designed by Zaha Hadid for the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, photo: Luke Hayes Swash Cabinet, part of the Seamless Collection, designed by Zaha Hadid for Established & Sons, photo: Jack Coble