Zaha Hadid

27th May – 27th Nov 2016
Fondazione Berengo
Palazzo Franchetti, Venezia

Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid

As I have a background in architectural design. It’s ‘a must’ to see this exhibition. A powerful architects, Zaha Hadid, the founder of Zaha Hadid architects. She is international known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Zaha Hadid’s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession has been acknowledged by the world’s most respected institutions including the Forbes List of the ‘World’s most powerful women’ or ‘Artist for Peace’ named by UNESCO and more.
Each of Zaha Hadid architects’ designs display the innovative research and investigation that instigates and defines the work. Form and space are pulled into breath-taking spatial progressions. Enticingly contextual, Hadid’s Buildings transform notions of what can be achieved in concrete, steel, timber and glass; blending and incredible belief in the power of invention with concepts of fluidity and connectivity.

The exhibition contains many informations; drawings, models, photo, products and presentations. I decided to make a quick walk, hopping through every spaces without reading. Reorganize the overview information with the description plan. Then, I started to walk around again.

11 spaces of exhibition


1.City of towers takes a close look at the tower form research of Zaha Hadid Architects through the lens of Parametricism. These 3D printed studies are sculptural in quality and precise in their creation, and are a reflection of how the design process is applied, whether through competition studies or through built projects.

Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects



2.Early works
Hadid directly engaged with the far-reaching experimentation of the Russian Avant-garde early in her career. Exploring the compositional techniques of fragmentation, layering and porosity that transcend all her projects, her early works displayed include Malevich’s Tektonic (1976-77), Hadid’s fourth-year project at the Architectural Association School in London that bridged the River Thames. Also showcased are the competition winning Peak Club, Hong Kong (1982, unrealised); Grand Buildings, Trafalgar Square, London (1985); Victoria City Masterplan for Berlin (1988) and the Cardiff Bay Opera House (1994-95, unrealised).


3.Recent works
Relevant work in progress, including projects to be completed in the coming year, like the Port House in Antwerp, which will be inaugurated on 22 September. Its design preserved and repurposes an abandoned 95 year old fire station into a new headquarters for the port. The king Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) in Riyadh is a non-profit institution that brings together people from around the world to research and tackle energy challenges for the benefit of society and the environment. Due for completion in October.


MAXXI, Museum of Arts


4.Vitra/Mazzi/Cac cincinnati
Three projects representing milestones in Zaha Hadid’s career are presented in this room, beginning with the Vitra Fire Station (completed 1993) in Weil am Rhein, Germany, Zaha Hadid Architects’ first completed project and followed by the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (completed 2003), which contributed to Zaha Hadid being awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Concluding the room’s projects is the MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome (completed 2009) which transcends the periods in which the practice implemented and developed its wide-ranging experimentation with the rapid advancements in computer-aided design.



Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

5.Code collaborations
The exhibits of this room represent significant and on-going collaborations between CODE and its partners. These project-independent collaborations investigate important lines of research and enquiry and have far-reaching impact of the design projects of ZHA/ZHD. Such collaborative efforts have been imbued into the DNA of ZHA since its inception.


Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

6.Code projects & prototypes
The exhibits of this room start with two important projects – The Gallery for Mathematics and Computing at the Science Museum, London, completing at the end of this year and another at a yet undisclosed location, in advanced stages of construction. Both projects represent important milestones for the research of ZH_CODE (Zaha Hadid Computation and Design Group). The exhibits also trace the lineage of these projects – various prototypes and other projects that CODE have contributed to.



7.Works in progress
Models, relief studies and visualisations of selected Zara Hadid Architects’ works in progress explore the experimentation, complexity and coherence of the designs. Projects displayed include a memorial institute which brings together a museum, research centre, graduate school, document archives and research library for the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh; towers in Miami, Baghdad, Melbourne and Bratislava; and a residential building on the High Line, 520 west 28th, in New York that will complete in early 2017.


8.Buit work
Helene Binet’s photographs, capturing the integrity and materiality of Hadid’s projects, are showcased in this room. Binet began her relationship with the practice photographing the Vitra Fire Station in 1992 and has continued to the present day with powerful images of many of the firm’s works including the Salerno Maritime Terminal in Italy which was inaugurated in April 2016.
In this room is a video projection showing a selection of ZHA built projects from the last 25 years and current work in progress.
10.In interview
“Imagine – Zaha Hadid: Who Dares Wins” Aland Yenta’s profile of Zaha Hadid, first shown in 2013; Directed by Lindey Hanion and Roger Parsons. Courtesy of the BBC


11.ZH design/Video
In this room there will be a position video which showcases some of the design objects created by Zaha Hadid. Researching connections between separate architectural elements establishes the cross-disciplinary nature of her practice, in which the fields of architecture, urbanism, and design are closely interrelated.

Example projects

Queen of imagination, with only the project titled and form could bring up my imagination of the place and the lines that leave on her personal identity.

Image courtesy, Dominion tower

After walking inside, I let the space controls my emotions.

This is a prick’s idea of Bergisel ski jump.

My impression of Zaha Hadid. Firstly is her unique identity, as a name sign identified on her projects. Transformed into a landmark. Not necessary trying to understand but it is a simple guess by the first sight.
Apart from architectural.
In the part of the design objects, the forms, materials, and advanced production techniques parallel and sometimes derive from Hadid’s architectural projects.
How fantastic of her creation of the emotion inside the space. The relation between places and people. It’s an art inside an architecture as my favourite phrase from her. “I don’t think that architecture is only about shelter… It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think…”
The installation is not notable much more than her works for visitor to focus on and They will see how powerful of Zaha Hadid and her works. With this exhibition, I filled up energy and ready to hit my dream again.

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