zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
 
zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
mar 11, 2011

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche

‘twirl’ by zaha hadid for lea ceramiche in milan, italy
all images courtesy zaha hadid architects and interni mutant architecture

 

pritzker prize-winning architect zaha hadid has designed ‘twirl’, an installation created for interni magazine‘s mutant architecture & design event during this year’s milan design week (11-17 april, 2011). a contemporary study on courtyard architecture, the design utilizes a series of ultraslim slabs by italian ceramic manufacturer lea ceramiche to fabricate a vortex-like three-dimensional structure in the 16th-century setting of milan’s state university.

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
rendering of courtyard

 

covering an area of 800 m2, the site is bound on all sides by two-storey columns and an elevated exterior walkway. the varying planar ceramic sheets, a product called ‘slimtech’, are arranged to transform the rigid geometries of the courtyard into a fluid and dynamic spatial construct. drawing from the natural contours of the plot, the installation emphasizes its arches and curve to distort its sense of space.

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
layout of panels

the system of panels fluctuate in height, reaching a verticality of up to 2 meters at its apex. seven different shades of colour ranging from milky white to coffee black give the installation a constantly-changing appearance, taking advantage of the transforming daylight and the curvature of the design. ‘twirl’ encourages the viewer to engage the space by exploring and observing the courtyard from multiple vantage points. at night, a series of fluorescent tubes produced by artemide highlights the spiral movement, spreading from the centre to the edges of the site and in turn lighting the existing architecture of the setting. 

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
pixelated tiles

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
rendered view of night

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
application of different shades

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
initial studies of vortex form

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
effects of flourescent light

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
plan view

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
floor plan / stage 1

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
floor plan / stage 2

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
floor plan / stage 3

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
floor plan / stage 4

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
colour study

zaha hadid architects: twirl for lea ceramiche
sectional detail

  • what the? “structural sticks supporting”?

    silicon m
  • not so good.

    LML
  • OMG, this is so beautiful. Its just stunning and such eye to detail. Very intricate and yet it flows so well.

    hampers
  • The color is a new thing for Zaha and, even though its application seems sort of simple, I think the finished result would be great.

    jpop

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