The award-winning British-Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid, once declared: “There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?”
Visitors to the architectural park at the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein in Germany - the unofficial museum of contemporary architecture – have a chance to see Hadid’s breathtaking geometry embodied in her new installation, ‘Prima’.
Commissioned by Swarovski to mark the twentieth anniversary of Hadid’s first completed building, the Vitra Fire Station at the Campus, ‘Prima’ is a dynamic angular metal structure which was inspired by Hadid's original paintings, sketches, and plans for the building.
Positioned in front of the Fire Station, it comprises five highly polished components that can be rearranged in different configurations to create adaptable seating landscapes. With linear, mirror-like surfaces reflecting the sky and nearby buildings, plus LED technology illuminating the structure at night, ‘Prima’ is a place to pause and contemplate the Fire Station.
As Nadja Swarovski, who commissioned the installation, puts it: “’Prima’ is a dramatic sculptural installation – it is half-art, half furniture and stunningly beautiful.” The installation will be open to the public until August 11.
Photography by Steve Double (portrait left) and Helene Binet (right).