The Zaha Hadid Gallery is showcasing highlights from the studio’s portfolio in the ground floor and basement of the condominium building, which completed earlier this year beside the popular High Line park in Chelsea.
Models and products designed by late architect Zaha Hadid and the team at her eponymous firm Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) are on display in the 2,000-square-foot (186-square-metre) space.
The scale models of buildings completed by the studio fill display cases and line the street-facing windows. A replica of 520 West 28th is positioned under a skylight, while another area hosts a series of six Silver Models – originally conceived by Hadid for the Silver Paintings exhibition at London’s Rove Gallery in 2005.
Products by Zaha Hadid Design (ZHD), established by the architect in 2006, are interspersed between the architecture projects.
These include a technicolour rug from the studio’s RE/Form collection, featuring patterns based on Hadid’s paintings.
Iraqi-British architect Hadid founded her eponymous firm in London in 1980, and she led the studio on projects from homeware and jewellery to skyscrapers and cultural buildings until her sudden death in March 2016.
“My product designs and architecture have always been connected,” Hadid said during her retrospective exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2006.
“These design pieces are very important to me and my team. They inspire our creativity by providing an opportunity to express our ideas through different scales and through different media; an essential part of our on-going design investigation.”
The Zaha Hadid Gallery, which has a permanent iteration in London, will remain open in New York until December 2018.
Photography is by Kris Tamburello.
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