Elastika Photographs

ZAHA HADID (Elastika)

2005

Zaha Hadid is an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Her work experiments with spatial quality, extending and intensifying existing landscapes in the pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design, ranging from urban scale through to products, interiors and furniture.

What makes Zaha Hadid’s work so remarkable-from something as complex as an industrial automotive plant to something as seemingly simple as a table-is her creation of a new, often curvilinear, language to innovate form, function, and type. Molding material and space into sculptural, liquid like forms, her designs appear as if they could unfurl into infinity.

For Design Miami, the Designer of the Year and The Pritzker Prize for Architecture winner, designed a characteristically gravity defying sculptural installation for the historic Moore building. The sculpture, “Elastika”, is comprised of zig-zagging material that engages the buildings formal qualities with graceful tension. “Elastika” looks like a system of frozen marshmallow slides stretching diagonally across the atrium is appropriate. The sleek yet soft white steel structures–Hadid likens them to chewing gum–visually connect the floors of furniture, but don’t overwhelm the space.

Design: Zaha Hadid

Project Designer: Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu