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Crest for ME by MELIA at the Victoria & Albert Museum for London Design Festival

Crest is an experimental sculpture that tests new design and construction technologies applied to a material of minimal thickness; investigating the relationship between formal arrangement and structural performance. Designed as a temporary installation, Crest will remain at the V&A until 24 October.

Zaha Hadid said of the installation, ‘Crest explores the relationship between surface and structure, transforming the planar water surface of the V&A’s courtyard pool into a curvilinear form, creating a compelling interplay with light and reflection.’

Melodie Leung, Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects says, ‘It’s a process that we’ve never done before, an experiment about achieving a precise form as thin as possible. This is the thinnest shell structure we have built to date’

Max Fraser, London Design Festival Deputy Director said, ‘Every year during the London Design Festival we work with the V&A on a series of ambitious installations. Zaha’s solution was to do something very sculptural incredibly thin and light in its construction that spans the pool and create the illusion of ‘how was that engineered?’’

London Design Festival