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Zaha Hadid: World Architecture Series

  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Danish Architecture Centre, DAC
  • 467m2

For the 2013 summer exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre, Zaha Hadid Architects created an exhibition experience where you were invited into Zaha Hadid’s experimental universe of sophisticated towers, shell constructions, design objects and pioneering research.


The exhibition outlined the evolution of Hadid’s architectural language, showcasing its adaptations and refinements at a variety of scales; from buildings and urban plans to furniture and product design. Each piece on show was presented with a choreographed ensemble of architectural objects in which organic shapes and advanced geometery were unified in seamless perfection.

The exhibition was Zaha Hadid’s first solo exhibition in Scandanavia, in collaboration with the Danish Architecture Centre and with the support of Realdania and Kvadrat. During the exhibition there were a number of talks, lectures and workshops, as part of the DAC’s ‘World Architecture Series.’

The exhibition had different environments which were :

City of Towers
Models of high-rise buildings. A world of towers challenging the traditional way of constructing highrise buildings. The installation presented a range of both realised and unrealised high rise projects, including the then recently completed CMA-CGM Head Office Tower in Marseille, together with on-going projects in Milan, Bagdad, Beijing, New York, Miami and Singapore.

Shell Structures
The shell represents an ambition to unite surroundings and architecture by means of a common formal element. The shell provides both the shape and the load-bearing construction of a building. The shells in this exhibition included among others the London Aquatics Centre and the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre. Information screens gave visitors an insight into the underlying design and construction process.

Interactive Installation
ZHA collaborated with the Danish design office Kollision, the research studio CAVI and the motion designers Wahlberg to create the Parametric Space installation. In the dark exhibition space, glowing funnels reacted to visitors, according to their actions, with illuminations and vertical movements, while beads of patterned light trailed over the active membranes; a playful take on the office’s ongoing shell research.

MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts – A room dedicated to one of Zaha Hadid’s most famous projects. It focusses on the tools and media which the architects used to research and design the project.

Product Design
Examples of Zaha Hadid’s design items were shown on screen. This included lifestyle objects, such as furniture and jewellery, footwear and installations which resulted from innovative research in both technologies and materials.

Also on show were the newly launched black and white SLAMP Pendant Lights, courtesy of SLAMP and The Zephyr sofa upholstered by Kvadrat in silver with a black and white vector depiction of the Hong Kong Peak project painting, known as ‘Blue Slabs’.



Zaha Hadid Architects


Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher

Design Team

Woody Yao, Thomas Jenssen, Filipa Gomes, Jennie Matusova, Shajay Bhooshan, Mostafa El Sayed, Suryansh Chandra

Exhibition Coordination

Manon Janssens, Claudia Fruianu, Henry Virgin

Interactive Installation in collaboration with

Kollision, CAVI, Wahlberg