Build it research

Following on from the one day project of build I did some further research into different architects and designers who create innovative structures which stand out in todays world. The use of triangular shapes to create structures has been a distinctive use recently however one architect which swerved away from this and used the idea of curves and never ending shapes to create astonishing structures. She has been a source of my inspiration for a very long for a number of reasons but the main one was due to her early drawings, where she created pieces through the use of colour and illusions not only to engage the audience but to crate underlying cities.

An example of this is The Peak in Hong Kong which is often a cited example of "painting as architecture". There are none of Hadid's now characteristic flowing curves; The Peak's knives cut horizontally into the site, their geometry inspired by the surrounding city's verticality. 

However we then see one of Hadid's later designs the Heydar Aliyev Center, where she emphasises the use of curves and a never ending shape. She turned a vision into a reality where she not only created an innovative building but also a structure which is different and distinguishes itself from the rest of the city.The idea of juxtaposition and contrast is used to a great extent. I like the way in which she used the idea of having only one roof which flows like a wave or a ribbon from one and to another, in some ways it creates a sense of peace and tranquility in the busy and energetic atmosphere which surrounds the building.

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