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Reimagine Architecture with Zaha Hadid Architects in KL

UEM Sunrise in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects present an exhibition that offers an insight into ZHA’s illustrious 40 years of design innovation at the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2017.

  • Left: Z-Play seating units. Right: The late Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher. Photography by Iwan Baan.

  • Portrait by Brigitte Lacombe.



BY Asih Jenie

18 July, 2017


UEM Sunrise, one of Malaysia’s leading property developers, has collaborated with Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to present the exhibition Zaha Hadid Architects: Reimagining Architecture. Held as part of the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2017, the exhibition offers insight into the firm’s 40 years of practice through a selection of its seminal works.

Said Director and Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, Patrik Schumacher, at the opening of the exhibition last week: “The exhibits, which display a selection of our seminal projects, tell our design story that is driven by inventiveness.”

Schumacher, who worked alongside the late Hadid for almost 30 years, presented KLAF 2017’s keynote lecture titled ‘The Story of Zaha Hadid and Zaha Hadid Architects’ at the opening of the festival.

The exhibition showcases projects both built and unbuilt, from the Vision for Madrid Master Plan Proposal (1992) to the Vitra Fire Station (1993), One-North Master Plan in Singapore (2004), MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome (2010), and London 2012 Olympics Aquatics Centre. Sketches, photographs and scale models are displayed.

The exhibition also shows a glimpse of how the firm continues Hadid’s legacy and upholds her vision and design philosophy by showcasing recently completed and ongoing projects that are slated for completion in the next three years.

These include the Morpheus Hotel (a 40-storey hotel with an exoskeleton structure in Macau) and the Beijing Daxing International Airport. Hadid’s playful Z-Play seating units are also seen dotting the exhibition space.

Says Schumacher of the exhibition: “We hope that through this exhibition, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of architecture and design, and discern the ways in which our projects become more innovative and resolved formally and technologically with each new design.”

Zaha Hadid Architects: Reimagining Architecture is on display at the White Box at Kuala Lumpur’s Publika shopping mall (level G2, Block A5) until 26 July 2017 from 10am to 6pm daily. Admission is free. Following its Kuala Lumpur premiere, the exhibition will be displayed in Singapore and Melbourne.

Photography courtesy of UEM Sunrise, unless stated otherwise. 

 


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