Formica International Exhibition: Zaha Hadid, Cirrus 2008

Zaha Hadid, as you all know, is London-based architect who designed the Center for Contemporary Art (CAC) in Cincinnati. She was the key architect for the Formica project and her design demanded the highest value due to it’s complexity, size and her name value. The CAC was her first building in the US and she was the first woman to design a museum in US.

Zaha is the most internationally “hot” conceptual architect today. In 2004, she was the first woman to win the architectural Pritzker prize.

Her breakthrough project was the Vitra Fire Station in Germany, but now her projects span the globe from the Bilbao, Spain master plan, to the Performing Art Center in Abu Dhabi to the upcoming London Olympics.

Ms. Hadid’s design used our most basic and popular product, laminate in Polished Black. The laminate was glued to black stained medium density fiberboard, but intricately CNC cut into undulating layers of waves. The complex connection joints are art in of themselves.   The Cirrus design was conceived with the most complex design computer software that helped drive the fabrication.

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