Zaha Hadid Architects opens pop-up gallery in New York City

Zaha Hadid Architects is exhibiting its architectural models and product designs at a temporary gallery in the firm’s 520 West 28th residential complex in Manhattan.

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.

Zaha Hadid Gallery NYC Pop Up

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.

Zaha Hadid Gallery NYC Pop Up

Surrounding the gallery are black-and-white images by Swiss-French architecture photographer Hélène Binet, exhibited in conjunction with the Ammann Gallery in Cologne.

Products by Zaha Hadid Design (ZHD), established by the architect in 2006, are interspersed between the architecture projects.

Zaha Hadid Gallery NYC Pop Up

These include a technicolour rug from the studio’s RE/Form collection, featuring patterns based on Hadid’s paintings.

ZHD’s reinterpretation of a lounge chair by Danish modernist Hans J Wegner from in 1963, made of pale marble and carbon fibre, is also on show.

Zaha Hadid Gallery NYC Pop Up

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.

Zaha Hadid Gallery NYC Pop Up

“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.”

Zaha Hadid Gallery NYC Pop Up

The Zaha Hadid Gallery, which has a permanent iteration in London, will remain open in New York until December 2018.

Last week, Patrik Schumacher – who took over leadership of ZHA after Hadid’s death – launched a bid to become the sole executor of her £70 million estate.

Photography is by Kris Tamburello.

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