May 5, 2012, 6:56 pm

Three marble reliefs are presented and embodied within a pavilion. Each one is a study on abstract simulation of nature. The chaotic order of nature is observed and organised within the canonical systems of programming and finally imprinted on marble. Each piece reveals formal complexity, repetition and textures that celebrate the detailed process and fluidity of natural systems.

The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects in Milan, Italy. Photography courtesy of Citco.
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‘The composition of each of the three showcased works is derived from the intricate beauty of organizational systems in the natural world. These fascinating scenarios are established when energy is applied to geology–developing a geometric set of repeated growth and erosion cycles.

Each piece, immaculately crafted in marble by Citco, invites further investigation; revealing formal complexity, repetition and textures that celebrate the detailed process and fluidity of natural systems – a persuasive manifesto of nature’s unrivalled logic and unity; a journey of discovery into the forces of their creation.

The exacting arrangements, structural integrity and precision of these natural systems inform a rich architectural language with the inherent capacity for complex programming.

The formal dynamic of the pavilion’s design has been generated by subtle gestures that follow a coherent, logical order. A rhythm of slices and folds define each piece; an integration of diverse forms that reflects the individuality of each panel – yet ensures they are considered within the overall ensemble.

This dialogue of geometries establishes a direct relationship between nature and architecture, an obvious evolution of the creative language explored by the practice driven by the innovations in digital design processes and manufacturing techniques.’

Text by Zaha Hadid Architects
ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects, London, UK. CLIENT: Citco Italia. LOCATION: Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy. DESCRIPTION: Pavilion (3 marble reliefs and pavilion at Salone del Mobile). STATUS: completed. PROJECT DIRECTOR: Woody Yao. PROJECT ARCHITECT: Maha Kutay. DESIGN TEAM: Filipa Gomes, Gerhild Orthacker, Yuxi Fu. DATE: 2012. No part of this web site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of Morfae and the copyright owner.
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden by Citco with Zaha Hadid Architects in Milan, Italy

A study on abstract simulation of nature.

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