first bottle design by zaha hadid: ICON HILL for leo hillinger winery
first bottle design by zaha hadid: ICON HILL for leo hillinger winery first bottle design by zaha hadid: ICON HILL for leo hillinger winery
oct 14, 2013

first bottle design by zaha hadid: ICON HILL for leo hillinger winery

first bottle design by zaha hadid: ICON HILL for leo hillinger winery

images by  wolfgang prummer


exaggerating the curve of the bottle with an unconventional concave form that gives it a light, tiptoeing footprint.

icon hill is an exceptional red wine cuvee of 2009 vintage, produced by the renowned austrian winemaker leo hillinger in a limited edition of 999 bottles that have been designed by zaha hadid architects to reflect the wine’s bold and distinctive character.



the curve of the bottle has an unconventional concave form
images by  wolfgang prummer



to achieve the precision and accuracy required for production, the shape of the bottle was created using NURB-based CAD software. The bottle manufacturer directly implemented this 3D master geometry to produce the cast iron moulds for the glass forming process.





the elongated volume of the bottle has been derived from the profile of liquid droplets. a continuous spatial curve was then projected onto the bottle’s surface, defining areas for the concave indentation and suggesting the waves created when droplets break a liquid’s surface.




the presentation of ICON HILL in vienna with leo hillinger and zaha hadid
image by ludwig schedl



the concave indentation and the bottle’s surface have the same curvature, enabling a set of bottles to interlock and be perceived as singular whole. a smaller indent and volume has been created at the base of the bottle for correct handling and to accommodate any tartrates.



  • losing label graphics to pleats, means there is no regulation for front and rear labels on the product, while localy it wasn’t so

    seriously more fun that the design got away

    mr rui says:
  • First thought: Oh nice no typical disharmonious zaha hadid curves. But that is probably due to the limitations of the glass making process. And anyway mr. hillinger just wanted to buy her name to put on the bottle. Well good for her.

    max says:
  • A beautiful, functional and minimal design well done.

    Ben says:
  • ahh, that’s it, what we all have been waiting for, isn’t it?

    ppr says:
  • how many of those 999 bottles does Zaha think someone will buy to play her little “nterlocking” game

    joe says:
  • Disappointed there was no picture showing the bottles actually stacked/interlocked as claimed. Without a flat side of some kind on the convex side, seems to me the stack would be entirely unstable… without some sort of base/nest… no?

    Miiiisha says:

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