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Wirl

  • Hong Kong, China
  • Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd
  • Complete
  • Inscribed from 3 × 3m cube

Commissioned for City Art Square in Shatin, Wirl is a sinuous fusion of informal seating and tactile sculptural form, designed to convey the intensity of a hyper-acceleratory force.

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It combines moments of graceful suspension with bold muscular sweeps, balancing the improvised effect of a cloud of swirling forces lifting off the ground with a precise, geometrically-driven form. Its furniture elements are seamlessly integrated in the curvature of the surface as it twists and turns: swells provide areas for seating and stretches create spaces to recline, from which its different shaped voids frame views of the surrounding city. Its iridescent white finish sparkles in the Hong Kong sunlight, emphasising its ethereal qualities.

 The project involved the resolution of complex curvilinear geometries and detailed ergonomic research: the design and realisation of Wirl were driven by leaps in three dimensional design capabilities, as well as by the studio’s inherent desire to test and engage with the very latest manufacturing techniques. As a result, the sculpture establishes a new dialogue between street furniture and public space.

Architect

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Design

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Woody Yao

Project Architect

Melodie Leung

Materials

EPS foam reinforced with a Fiberglass shell