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‘Crest’ Installation by Zaha Hadid at V&A during LDF


To celebrate the forthcoming launch of ME Dubai, the first hotel to be entirely designed by Zaha Hadid, ME by Meliá has teamed up with Zaha Hadid Architects at the V&A during London Design Festival 2014.

Crest is an experimental sculpture that tests new design and construction technologies applied to a material of minimal thickness; investigating the relationship between formal arrangement and structural performance.


The V&A is London’s most prominent cultural hub during the London Design Festival, attracting thousands of global visitors during this time, for its awe inspiring exploration of design. An annual, pivotal installation becomes the talking point of the festival and this year ‘Crest’ has been chosen to transform the V&A’s courtyard fountain by providing an engaging feature across the pool in the centre of the V&A’s John Madejski garden.

Zaha Hadid said of the installation: “Crest explores the relationship between surface and structure, transforming the planar water surface of the V&A courtyard’s pool into a curvilinear form, creating a compelling interplay with light and reflection.

“This experimental sculpture tests the limits and possibilities for a new construction technique involving the assembly of aluminium panels into a pre-stressed flat plate which is then lifted into a self-supporting structure. Crest is designed as a demountable sculpture to be installed at the ME Hotel, Dubai; establishing an intriguing  dialogue with the formal dichotomy inherent within the hotel’s design.”

Ben Evans, London Design Festival director, said: “Working with Zaha Hadid, one of the world’s most famous architects has been fantastic, as is the setting in this magnificent space at the V&A – but what is most interesting is the growth of the project; what we see here today will evolve into a new form when it takes it’s place in the permanent home at the ME Dubai hotel in 2016.”


Images courtesy of Luke Hayes

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September 15, 2014 | Design | View comments

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