The Lab

  • Zaha Hadid on Perspective (context: museum exhibition design)

    So I'm a little late to the party, but better late than never to be more informed about my own work. 

    Working with a proverbial No Man’s Land.  Not attached to sense of belonging, borders. Working with resonant silences, pregnant pauses.
    Interested in a space of unofficial and informal architecture.
    A transformative synthesis that is at once BE-coming and UN-becoming.
    Work that explores notion of community, play, chance and exchange.

    . . . people took them to be pictorial or visual representations, but what it did was to challenge people's perception of how to present architecture, in what mode, but also how your eye travels on the wall, because there wasn't necessarily one point or corner view. This led to the idea that there isn't a singular view, there isn't a singular corner, there is a multiplicity of views. And it implied a kind of organic organization that is not a closed system. The most important thing for me is that these systems are no longer about completeness; they are incomplete compositions, and also no closed systems of organization. All of this has to do with porosity in organization; the idea of absolute space shifted to the idea of different adjacencies where you can see things more than once. I've always found this very interesting and intriguing because you can never see the same thing in the same way.

    ~Hans Ulrich Obrist interview with Zaha Hadid in August 2001