zaha hadid: the secret garden
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apr 25, 2012
zaha hadid: the secret garden

‘the secret garden’ by zaha hadid, milan, italy
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british architect zaha hadid has collaborated with italian marble company citco to present ‘the secret garden’ during milan design week 2012.
the pavilion brings together three vertical surfaces. the walls are constructed out of a jigsaw of irregularly-shaped,
multi-faceted marble chips which adopt a repeated pattern to acquire a three-dimensional form. the rhythm of cracks,
folds and recesses define areas of individuality. the deconstructed architecture generates a dialogue of geometries with nature that
evolves the creative language and exploits the digital design process and production techniques of marble.

overarching roof
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(left) inscription inlay
(right) profile view

‘the composition of the marble panels derives from the complex beauty
found in the organizational patterns of the natural world.
these fascinating patterns appear when energy combines with geology,
developing a geometrical series of repeated cycles of growth and
erosion which are layered in the immaculate marble of citco.

each piece is a structured composition which begs to be explored,
revealing a complexity of form, repetitions and lines which celebrate
detailed process and the fluidity of natural systems: it is a convincing manifesto of the peerless logic and harmony of nature;
a journey of discovery into the forces which created them. the
demanding organization, the structural integrity and the precision of
natural systems inspire a rich architectural language with an innate capacity for complex programming.’
– zaha hadid

full view of installation
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side view of pavilion
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interior view
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installation beyond the trees

extruding marble design

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undulating facade


night view of ‘the garden secret’

illuminated exterior

up close view of the textured faceted marble wall

night shot during the opening of the exhibition
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the second installation held within the ‘the secret garden’ is a collaboration between italian manufacturer barovier&toso and
italian designer paola navone. see designboom’s coverage of navone’s ‘secret garden‘ which expresses the possibilities
and production techniques of the glass.

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