Crest by Zaha Hadid

Crest

Crest
Photo © Ed Reeve

Crest, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, see project, and commissioned by Meliã Hotels International, provides an engaging feature across the pool in the centre of the V&A’s John Madejski GardenV&A.

Crest
Photo © Ed Reeve

Crest, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and commissioned by Meliã Hotels International, provides an engaging feature across the pool in the centre of the V&A’s John Madejski Garden.

Crest
Photo © Ed Reeve

Crest is designed as a demountable sculpture to be installed as a permanent feature within the ME Hotel in Dubai, also designed by Zaha Hadid, which opens in 2016. The form explores the relationships between fluid and Cartesian, solid and void, surface and structure inherent within the hotel’s design.

Crest
Photo © Ed Reeve

The shell-like structure was pre-stressed in order to be realised as thin as possible, assembled as a flat plate of aluminium which is then bent into shape in situ. “We envisioned creating a piece that would emerge from the pool which is the centrepiece of the space, both visually and in terms of social interaction,” explains Hadid.

Crest
Photo © Ed Reeve

“Crest is intended to offer an exciting new perspective with which visitors experience the courtyard. It will multiply the movements of the water and the historic backdrop within which it is sited. It will capture the attention of visitors as they enter the space and draw them towards exploring the new quality of space created within.”

Crest
Photo © Luke Hayes

The title comes from the crest rising above the waves in the pool, creating a new peak and visual focal point within the courtyard which is simultaneously in dialogue with the historic architectural environment as well as actively reflecting the movements within it, via the metallic surface which reflects the sky on one side and the rippling water on the underside. Source by London design festival.

Crest
Photo © Luke Hayes

Location: V&A The John Madejski Garden, London, UK
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Manufactured: Litestructures
Engineered: Buro Happold
Commissioned: Meliã Hotels International
When: 13 September – 24 October 2014
Photographs: Ed Reeve, Luke Hayes

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