Jun 1, 2016 | By Tess

The late Zaha Hadid has been recognized as perhaps one of the greatest female architects of our time, if not one of the greatest architects of our time in general. The Iraqi architect’s work broke down barriers within architectural design as she consistently created fluid, and fragmentary geometric designs. While Hadid, who passed away on March 31st, 2016, was known best for her innovative building designs, the world renowned architect also created a number of stunning pieces of furniture, and even dabbled with 3D printing technologies.

In celebration of the accomplished architect’s life and work, a retrospective of Zaha Hadid has been launched at the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice, which opened May 28th, 2016 and runs until November 27th, 2016. The retrospective, which is set up through a 10 room exhibition at Venice’s stunning 16th century Palazzo Franchetti, memorializes Hadid’s life and work through a collection of the architect’s drawings, paintings, architectural models, and some of her design works themselves, including a stunning 3D printed Chair made in collaboration with Patrik Schumacher, director of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), and 3D printing company Stratasys.

The Chair, which was first printed in 2014 using Stratasys’ large-scale Objet1000 Multi-material 3D Printer, has been displayed and featured at a number of museums and exhibitions around the world. In fact, the chair itself was designed by Hadid and Schumacher specifically for the purpose of exploring the potentials of multi-color and multi-material additive manufacturing technologies.

The chair’s design is also ergonomically innovative, as Hadid’s architecture firm measured the loading condition of a seated person to create the chair’s structure. With 3D design and printing, the architects were also able to optimize the chair’s structure by playing with different material densities and depth, making for a both visually appealing and structurally complex design. With Stratasys’ multi-color 3D printing capabilities as well, ZHA’s 3D printed Chair was made in a number of different patterns and colors, each representing in some way the structure and inner design of the chair.

Naomi Kaempfer, Creative Director for Art Fashion Design at Stratasys, said: “The Zaha Hadid retrospective in Venice provides an opportunity for us all to pay tribute to the iconic, award-winning architect. Zaha Hadid is undoubtedly the greatest female architect of our time. We are honored to have collaborated with her and her team of extraordinary architects. Together with her partner, Patrick Schumacher, Zaha pioneered a revolution in the world of architecture and design. She defined parametricism and created a unique signature style that engages and inspires creativity around the world.”

The retrospective for Zaha Hadid is also looking forwards, to the future of her firm and to the legacy she will undoubtedly leave on the fields of both architecture, interior, and 3D printed design by featuring a number of ongoing projects that the firm is undertaking.



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