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zaha hadid at the venice architecture biennale 2012
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aug 17, 2012
zaha hadid at the venice architecture biennale 2012


zaha hadid at the venice architecture biennale 2012
all images courtesy of zaha hadid architects

london-based architect zaha hadid of zaha hadid architects will present at this year’s architecture biennale in venice.
addressing chipperfield‘s theme of ‘common ground’, the studio will display their work, initially conceived and derived
from early movement of russian suprematism, representing alongside the historical strand of research their practice is founded on.
their architecture evolved from an algorithmic form generation and the appreciation and integration of organic works
completed by the german architect and structural engineer frei otto whom used the structure of material to derive the form.
expanding upon his method, the updated technique includes environmental and structural logistics demonstrated with
computed digital simulations.


shell form study

light-weight shells will be merged with tensile structures. an arum shell will be formed with pleated metal will be installed
as well as the work of philippe block, a researcher of stone compression shells. work by other key precedents include
spanish architect felix candela and swiss engineer heinz isler.


shell form study


video courtesy of zaha hadid architects

design: zaha hadid with patrik schumacher
exhibition design: woody yao, margarita valova
installation design and presentation: shajay bhooshan, saman saffarian, suryansh chandra, mostafa el sayed structural engineering
rasti bartek, buro happold, uk
material & fabrication technology: gregory epps, robofold
coordinator: manon janssens
in collaboration with:
studio hadid, universität für angewandte kunst, vienna: johann traupmann, christian kronaus, mascha veech, robert neumayr, mario gasser, susanne john
the block research group, institute of technology in architecture, eth, zurich: philippe block, matthias rippmann
faculty of architecture, eth, zurich: toni kotnik
centro de investigaciones y estudios de posgrado, faculty of architecture, unam, mexico: juan ignacio del cueto ruiz-funes

the 13th international architecture biennale is curated by london-based architect david chipperfield.
the theme of the event is entitled ‘common ground’ and will run from
29th of august through 25th november 2012, in venice, italy.

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