Zaha Hadid, United Kingdom (*1950)
Her work experiments with new spatial concepts intensifying existing urban landscapes in the pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design, ranging from urban scale through to products, interiors and furniture. Best known for her seminal built works (Vitra Fire Station, Land Formation-One, Bergisel Ski-Jump, Strasbourg Tram Station, the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, the Hotel Puerta America (interior) in Madrid, the Ordrupgaard Museum Extension in Copenhagen, the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, and the Maggie’s Centre in Fife, her central concerns involve a simultaneous engagement in practice, teaching and research.
The Bilbao defect
Even those members of the general public who only rarely go to exhibitions or attend concerts know the cultural temples erected by the likes of Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid – from the TV or magazines. Spectacular museums and concert halls have long since become a city marketing tool. An exhibition in Berlin takes a closer look.
Design at your feet
Parador has asked some of the giants of the design world to design its latest laminate collection. Zaha Hadid now illuminates prisms, the Bouroullec brothers enchant with colored light displays and Ross Lovegrove shocks with his 3D skeleton.
Less could mean more
Despite the difficult economic situation, the world's leading textiles trade fair, the Heimtextil in Frankfurt, held steady this year. The focus was less on spectacular innovations and more on strengthening the core business, with a few exceptions, of course.› To the article