Zaha Hadid Architects, Heydar Aliyev Centre, 2012.
Design as second nature is the first exhibition in Latin America on the projects of the architect Zaha Hadid. With models, audiovisual materials, paintings and photographs, the show deals with the creative process of her practice and demonstrates the importance and complexity of design as an articulating axis for forms and constructive processes in her work.
For Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), design must be, beyond its practical function, a process of innovating with materials and structures. The studio has developed parametricism, a digital tool inspired by scientific simulation and film animation, which it uses to increase the creative capacities and possibilities of the logic of design, in order to make it more expressive and imaginative, and to better reflect the dynamism of contemporary urban life.
The exhibition includes some of the earliest paintings by Hadid, such as Malevich’s Tektonik(1976-1977), which, in addition to demonstrating the influence of Constructivism and Russian Suprematism onher art, are presented as a tool of exploration for architectural design and as autonomous entities. We also present pieces from different disciplines, such as objects and garments, as examples of her readiness to blur borders in her practice.
(Photo courtesy of Hélène Binet.)