During the London Festival of Architecture 2017, Zaha Hadid gallery opens its doors to showcase ‘ZHA Unbuilt’, a series of exhibitions featuring a selection of the practice’s unrealised designs. From never-before-seen tower renders to intricate Stadia models, the gallery illustrates Zaha Hadid Architect’s continuous design investigation, which is devoted to experimentation and evolution. Almost like a timeline of growth, the installation highlights the progression of their renowned design agenda of parametricism, as well as its adaption across differently scaled projects. This collective and comprehensive approach considers intuition, spatial sensibility, material finishes and myriad parameters as core drivers of their style.
With hundreds of unrealised and never-before-seen designs, the ‘ZHA Unbuilt’ exhibition is a rare insight into the continuous work of Zaha Hadid Architects. The gallery covers the practice’s entire portfolio, including masterplans, villas, ribbons, stadia, shells, bubbles, circle packing, layering / stacking, and erosion / carving. However, it is their timeline of tower and mega atrium projects that most significantly showcases their on-going design development and unceasing experimentation. Their constant questioning and re-invention of parametricism has led to new typologies within high-rises and thus their central voids. Using highly sophisticated tools to deliver versatile, flexible and unique towers, the designs greatly differ per urban context. As well, each envisions a mega atrium that breaks away from typical central core layouts, where the building’s heart becomes a layered hub of interactions.