Zaha Hadid at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale

Frei Otto, Zaha Hadid Architects,

Iwan Baan,

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The Arum shell is the installation made from pleated metal shell designed by Zaha Hadid for the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.

Zaha Hadid at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale

The installation presented by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is an example of the research that the practice of the Iraqi born architect is exploring right now.

After designing some tensile structures and complex “shells” as separate elements, the architects decided to integrate these two forms and their relationship with light.

Zaha Hadid Architects did not conduct isolated research into the fluidity of spaces and of forms as the result of an intricate balance of forces. The installation presents and is connected in particular to the studies of Frei Otto, one of the first architects to propose biomorphic forms in architecture. Zaha Hadid Architects followed up on Frei Otto’s research, expanding it to include structural and environmental logics, moving from material to computational simulations.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Project: Zaha Hadid Architects
Photos courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects, ph. Iwan Baan, ph. Sergio Pirrone
Renders: courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects



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