Zaha, From Olympic Greatness to Window Displays
August 1, 2012
Photos: Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid’s latest London work is a far cry from her other building in the city, the £269 million Olympics Aquatic Center, whose dramatic interiors have been broadcast the world over serving as the universal background for all swimming and diving events. After all the controversy surrounding the Aquatic Center, maybe it’s best that the minds over at Zaha Hadid Architects have scaled back with ‘Aqua’, a window installation at the Dover Street Market. The similarities between the Mayfair window display and the Olympics Aquatic Center are undeniable, with the same undulating roof created through the use of curved layers. Suspended from the ceiling, the layers lie parallel to each other forming a collective wave-like form, complementing the roof of the Aquatics Center.
Hadid says, “Designing for Dover Street Market is an exciting opportunity to install a piece inspired by the fluid geometries of the Olympic Aquatics Centre: a wave of liquid, frozen in time, in the heart of London.” The installation will remain at Dover Street Market storefront through the remainder of the Olympic Games.