zaha hadid displays crest installation on the grounds of london's V&A
 
zaha hadid displays crest installation on the grounds of london's V&A
sep 12, 2014

zaha hadid displays crest installation on the grounds of london's V&A

zaha hadid displays crest installation on the grounds of london’s V&A
image © ed reeve

 

 

 

zaha hadid has unveiled an installation in the grounds of london’s V&A museum where it will be remain before it is moved to dubai to become part of the city’s ME hotel – also designed by iraqi-born architect. the structure’s precise form has been manufactured to be as thin as possible, reflecting its surroundings and creating a radiant display of light and shadow. titled ‘crest’, the temporary design will form part of the institution’s events for london design festival 2014.

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the structure’s precise form has been manufactured to be as thin as possible
image © ed reeve

 

 

 

zaha hadid said of the installation, crest explores the relationship between surface and structure, transforming the planar water surface of the V&A’s courtyard’s pool into a curvilinear form, creating a compelling interplay with light and reflection. this experimental sculpture tests the limits and possibilities for a new construction technique involving the assembly of aluminum panels into a pre-stressed flat plate which is then lifted into a self-supporting structure. crest is designed as a demountable sculpture to be installed at the me hotel, dubai; establishing an intriguing  dialogue with the formal dichotomy inherent within the hotel’s design.’

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the design reflects its surroundings and creates a radiant display of light and shadow
image © luke hayes

 

 

 

what hadid has done is experimental and pushes the boundaries of her key design signature. this comes at a significant time for the brand, firstly with a slow move east to dubai – which is set to become one of the most visited cities in the world within the next 20 years’, said tony cortizas, vice president of brands for ME. crest signifies a connection between east and west but the most exciting part of the story today is the design aspect which is a key defining part of our brand and we are very excited about working with someone of zaha hadid’s stature on this project.

 

see designboom‘s previous coverage of the project here.

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the temporary design will form part of the institution’s events for london design festival
image © luke hayes

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the piece explores the relationship between its planar surface and its location
image © luke hayes

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the pavilion reflects into the pool of the john madejski garden
image © ed reeve

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the structure will remain in the grounds of the V&A before it is moved to dubai
image © ed reeve

 

 


zaha hadid displays crest installation on the grounds of london’s V&A
film commissioned by ME by melia and zaha hadid architects and created by gavin turk

 

 

project info:

 

project name: crest
commissioned by: ME by meliá
design by zaha hadid and patrik schumacher
zaha hadid architects: melodie leung, peter logan, ovidiu mihutescu
structural engineering: buro happold – rastislav bartek, james solly
fabricator: lite structures

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