This exhibition explores how this innovative studio has evolved its design processes over the past thirty years to create some of the most distinctive and creative buildings in the world. By showcasing the complete design archive of an early building alongside current projects making use of digital design processes such as virtual reality and parametric design, the practice’s remarkable journey from analogue to digital methods is outlined.
Each of the practice’s innovative projects build on over thirty years of exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. As one is guided through the selection of exhibits, a clear progression in the office’s design aesthetics is presented from Zaha Hadid’s early deconstructivist beginnings to the more fluid and organic design that is presented in 3D printed form.
Through handmade models, sketches, drawings, computer renders, animations, paintings, 3D printed models, prototypes and videos, the exhibition will offer an insight on the different media that have played a key role in developing and designing projects throughout the history of the practice.
ZHA have also been working with students from the BA (Hons) Modelmaking degree to provide a new set of architectural models of designs from ZHA for the exhibition as part of their Design Representation unit. This part of the curriculum encourages students to explore the role and function of models in the design process, and their importance in communicating architectural concepts to an audience.
The exhibition has been part funded by the Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee, Centre for Creative Learning, AUB.