An exploration of architecture legend Zaha Hadid’s unrealised work is currently on display at the Zaha Hadid Gallery in Clerkenwell.
‘ZHA: Unbuilt’ is part of a series of exhibitions showcasing the continuous innovation of Hadid’s practice, Zaha Hadid Architects’. It focuses mainly on their incredible artistic and research process and investigates a small number of recent design concepts which encapsulate the foundation of her work and the values of her practice.
Hadid, who sadly died in 2016, established her practice in 1979, which quickly gained a legendary reputation for its groundbreaking theoretical works including The Peak in Hong Kong (1983), the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin (1986) and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales (1994). Her work has also been the subject of many exhibitions at prestigious galleries and museums, including the Guggenheim in 2006 and London’s Design Museum in 2007. In 2004, she became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She also worked with some of the biggest names in fashion, including Chanel, Donna Karen and Pharrell Williams for Adidas.
Additional to the exhibition, the ground floor of the gallery features a showroom which displays a selection of Hadid's limited edition product design, ranging from furniture pieces to installations. The pieces often highlight her innovative and experimental use of new materials. The gallery also features a shop where collectors or just appreciators can buy original pieces of jewellery and artwork.
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