Zaha Hadid: from London’s V&A to the Dubai Opus project
Crest installation heading to the UAE
The iconic Iraqi-British architect has designed a sweeping 'crest' installation hovering above the pond of the V&A's museum for the London Design Festival this autumn. Running from September 13–21, the installation was created for the festival to celebrate Hadid's Dubai hotel project; the Opus tower.
The modern sweeping crest design was commissioned by ME by Melia Hotels International to bring attention to the 2016 launch of the group's Hadid-designed ME Dubai hotel – which will form part of the Opus development in Dubai's Business Bay.
After the London Design Festival, the piece will be transported and installed in Dubai in time for the Opus project opening.
"We envisaged a piece that would emerge from the fountain at the centre of the pool," Hadid said of her new piece. "The metallic surface will reflect the sky on one side and the rippling water on the underside."
Until it reaches Dubai, the futuristic piece will offer a unique juxtaposition to the V&A's 19th century architecture.
Built specifically with relocation in mind, Hadid explained: "Crest is designed as a demountable sculpture to be installed at the ME Dubai,"
Once reinstalled, the architect hopes the piece will continue "to explore the relationships between fluid and Cartesian, solid and void, surface and structure inherent within the hotel's design".