ARCHITECTEM visited the Serpentine exhibition of paintings and the rarely seen drawings of the pioneering and visionary architect Zaha Hadid. The exhibition is housed in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, an extension completed in 2013 and one of Zaha Hadid Architects’ first permanent buildings in central London.
Drawing and painting were fundamental to Hadid’s practice. Influenced by Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko, she used calligraphic drawings as the main method for visualising her architectural ideas.
Mariam Husain captures Zaha’s work on paper, canvas and its physical context. The process and the spatial expression of Zaha’s investigations. Anything but a silent, still conversation between art, lines, forms and its witnesses.
ARCHITECTEM contributor Ali Lari delves in narratives of ownership, inaccessible coastlines, and loss in Damestan, a small village in the island Kingdom of Bahrain. “This is not the story of a village in Bahrain rather the story of Bahrain in a village… This is the story of two seas.”
The 2 Seas, Bahrain
Bahrain – an archipelago of 33 islands [and growing], historically known as Dilmun, stood a fertile agricultural island and important trading route.
Bahrain is the sea. Bahrain literally means ‘two seas’.
The splendor of the island, with its fresh ground water feeding her lush green landscape was why Bahrain, then Dilmun, was known as the Garden of Eden in the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh.
Given the environmental and material challenges that frame architectural practice in the twenty-first century, the section provides a rich and under-explored opportunity for inventively reimagining the intersection of structural, thermal, and functional forces. Moreover, the section is the site where space, form, and material intersect with human experience, establishing most clearly the relationship of the body to the building as well as the interplay between architecture and its context.
ARCHITECTEM met with Paul Lewis of LTL Architects to discuss their most recent publication aptly titled Manual of Section, presenting a framework for describing and evaluating Section as well as a lexicon of different types of sections and their functions. Featuring essays on the history of section and its role in architectural design, LTL Architects founders Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis, describe the seven categories of section they developed—Extrusion, Stack, Shape, Shear, Hole, Incline, and Nest. Relying on extensive archival research. These sectional categories are illustrated through 63 detailed cross- section perspective drawings of significant structures built around the world over the past 100 years.
Ayesha Sabri, ARCHITECTEM Milan based contributor, visited OMA designed Fondazione Prada and presents a visual narrative of the textures and spaces. The images are accompanied by her thoughts about the design interspersed by statements from the architect, Rem Koolhaas.
The Fondazione Prada has dominated the Milanese art and architecture scene since it opened. On visiting the Fondazione, you are greeted by a dynamic dialogue between pre-existing industrial structures and OMA’s recent interventions. A visual treat, pops of color, simplistic signage, and an overwhelming array of textures and surface treatments.