• Stimulation between latent force and physical matter

    15 June 2011

    Zaha Hadid Architects were invited by Interni to design an installation for the exhibition ‘Mutant Architecture and Design’, a Fuori Salone Event of this year’s Milan Furniture Fair. The installation is located in the ‘Cortile del ‘700’ of the Università degli Studi of Milan. 

    The project is a contemporary interpretation of traditional courtyard architecture; transforming rigid Cartesian geometries into a linear fluidity of dynamic space.

    Following the courtyard’s natural contours and the forces that flow towards its centre, the design is then further informed by the gradient of its arches, creating a powerful vortex of spatial distortion that instigates a dialogue with the surrounding colonnade. 

    The light source, especially selected for this project by Artemide , includes LEDs, RGB dynamic light and white light, configured in order to provide the different required performances.

    In this lighting project, Artemide implemented a concept of environmental quality aimed at subtraction – less matter, less energy, overcoming perception and formal chaos.

    Visitors are invited to explore the sculptural sensibility and formal dynamic of disparate elements in which voids express form as much as solids. 

    Each piece can be read not only as a whole, but as fragments captured in a magnetic field. A margin of strangeness invites a stimulation that has evolved between latent force and physical matter. 

    More information at www.zaha-hadid.com/exhibitions/twirl


    The 280-meter-tall Lumina Shanghai, developed by Henderson Land Group and designed by Gensler, is the tallest skyscraper in the Xuhui Riverside District.

    A sophisticated yet modern setting was derived by juxtaposition of Indochine-Vietnamese features and wood-fire inspired material palettes. Re-interpretation of the spatial order of a typical Indochine-Vietnamese mansion has been adopted to give hierarchy, layers and details to the space.


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