Architect: Zaha Hadid

Cartographies of the Imagination

Cartographies of the Imagination

By Kirsty Badenoch and Sayan Skandarajah

Drawing place is illusory. Maps may begin as transcriptions of a worldly order – a semblance of truth and objectivity – but in doing so, become acts of world-building that both belong to and are entirely removed from their starting point. In 2019, we first visited Shatwell Farm in the… Read More

Signature

Signature

By André Patrão

It’s just a small loose sheet of paper ripped off a notepad. Along its margins, an elegant round-cornered brown border, once enclosing an anonymous blank space of empty expectancy, now ceremoniously frames a mysteriously attractive, harmonious, yet utterly cryptic mark, struck and left upon its surface: a signature. By whose… Read More

Startha Éagsula: O’Donnell + Tuomey on Zaha Hadid

Startha Éagsula: O’Donnell + Tuomey on Zaha Hadid

By Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey

Around the time she made this super-skinny scheme for Berlin, Zaha came to Dublin to lecture at the National Gallery. She showed her design for the Taoiseach’s House, breaking out of the walled garden in the Phoenix Park, alongside her breakthrough project for the Hong Kong Peak and other funny… Read More

In the Archive: Emma Rutherford & Richard Hall

In the Archive: Emma Rutherford & Richard Hall

By Richard Hall and Emma Rutherford

(use your mouse or your finger to interract with Emma and Richard’s selection of drawings on the digital planchest) When faced with a mass of unknown information, one tends to start with things that are familiar. In a room full of closed drawers — with little knowledge of their contents… Read More

La Casa Della Falsita

La Casa Della Falsita

By Peter Wilson

The 1982 ‘Casa Della Falsita’ exhibition was decidedly under the English architectural radar. Held in Munich at the Focus Furniture Gallery, the inspiration for the show was the result of a squabble with municipality, after the shop owner, Peter Pfeiffer, was denied planning permission to build a spiral staircase between… Read More

Zaha Hadid: Kurfürstendamm

Zaha Hadid: Kurfürstendamm

By Michael Wolfson

This is all Zaha’s hand. When she is drawing there is a directionality – you are looking from the top, at a plan, extruded or in perspective. These sketches are relatively preliminary but certainly not initial – they are too defined. She is developing a composition, but already thinking about… Read More

Zaha Hadid: Azabu-Juban

Zaha Hadid: Azabu-Juban

By Michael Wolfson

Zaha Hadid’s sketches during mid-1980s for projects often unknown and unbuilt mark a transitional period in her drawing and thinking, from the early work inspired by the programme briefs and axonometric drawing style of OMA. Often she sketches in plan, her line moving right to left, discernable through an initial… Read More

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

By Desley Luscombe

When in January 1983, Peter Cook reviewed a recently held exhibition for Zaha Hadid’s 59 Eaton Place, he spoke of the resonance between the individual and their education in developing an architectural identity. [1] He pondered on the development of Hadid over that period,     What if fate had led her… Read More

Architecture and Geology

Architecture and Geology

By William Mann

What is the relation between the forces that shape buildings and those that shape the earth’s surface? How are the imaginative powers of architects heightened by their knowledge of geological processes? How is their handling of all the cultural, economic and material constraints on their practice enriched by exposure to… Read More