Citylife Apartments

via senofonte, Milan, Italy

The skyline of Zaha Hadid’s CityLife Milano housing complex is defined and characterized by a sinuous fluid line. Residences are comprised of seven curved buildings of varying heights, from 5 to 13 floors. The distinctive architectural elements include a serpentine movement of the curved balconies and the profile of the roofs, which provide a soft and elegant shape for all of the top-floor penthouses, complete with extensive covered terraces.

Construction of the residential complex began in august 2009, with delivery of the first apartments scheduled for 2013. Great care has been given to the site and building orientation, taking into account environmental and comfort requirements so that most apartments face south-east and at the same time allocate the best views from the terraces, towards the city or the public park.

The Façade materials – fiber concrete panels and natural wood panels – emphasize the complex’s volumetric movement and at the same time give a private and domestic quality to the interior of the residential courtyard. The interiors open onto extensive terraces. All of the apartments feature structural and plant solutions that can be easily adapted to individual needs. Each of the homes is different from the others in terms of size, exposure and layout: from two- rooms to large family apartments and twin-level penthouses.

At ground level, the double-height lobbies are flooded with light by large openings stretching from floor to ceiling, designed to confer strong visual continuity with the park. Access to all stairwells is provided by main and service lifts. The underground parking areas lead directly to the individual buildings with easy, convenient and secure access.

Zaha Hadid exhibition at the Palazzo Franchetti 2016

Campo S. Stefano, 2847, Venice, Italy.

In celebration of zaha hadid’s career in architecture and design, fondazione berengo has opened a retrospective exhibition of her work at the 16th century palazzo franchetti on venice’s grand canal. The exhibition coincides with the 2016 venice architectural biennale. It conveys her architectural projects in a variety of media by showcasing many of her seminal paintings, drawings and models, and including photography and film. Through the designs — built, under-construction, in development and unrealized — the display presents the pioneering research and investigation that instigates and defines the late architect’s work.

Early in her career Hadid had particular interest in the russian avant-garde, exploring the composition techniques of fragmentation, layering, and porosity that went on to underpin all her projects. Hadid describes her process, stating “my paintings really evolved thirty years ago because I thought the architectural drawings required a much greater degree of distortion and fragmentation to assist our research – but eventually it affected the work of course. in the early days of our office the method we used to construct a drawing or painting or model led to new, exciting discoveries. we sometimes did not know what the research would lead to – but we knew there would be something, and that all the experiments had to lead to perfecting the project.”

The ongoing work of Zaha Hadid Architects is also exhibited, including projects set to be completed in the coming year. “Visitors to the exhibition will have a greater understanding of Zaha Hadid’s pioneering vision that redefined architecture and design for the 21st century and captured imaginations across the globe,” says Adriano Berengo, president of fondazione berengo. He continues to state that “although (he) works in the art world and Zaha Hadid’s excellence was architecture, her work is also imbued with art, that patina that makes everything eternal, including the creator herself.”

MAXXI : Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo

Via Guido Reni, 4, Rome, Italy

MAXXI; National Museum of the 21st Century Arts opened in 2010 is an exhibition and art space that devoted to contemporary creativity, arts and architecture. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, it is a space where contemporary language of design, fashion, cinema, art and architecture can meet in new dialogue.

The building integrates itself with it’s surroundings and re-interprets it’s urban grids to generate it’s own geometry complexity. Through the flow of it’s walls that constantly intersect and separate to create indoor and outdoor spaces. MAXXI express itself through glass, steel and cement achieving great curatorial flexibility and variety.

The two museums – MAXXI art and MAXXI architecture – revolve around the full-height grand hall, from where the reception services, the cafeteria, the bookshop, the didactic laboratories, the auditorium, the live event halls, the galleries dedicated to temporary exhibitions and the collections of graphics and photography are accessed.