Arum by Zaha Hadid at Venice Architecture Biennale - Design Bureau

Arum by Zaha Hadid at Venice Architecture Biennale

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Photos by Iwan Baan and Serigo Pirrone, courtesy of

London Olympics starchitect Zaha Hadid has her say this year's Venice Architectural Biennale, which was dubbed  “Common Ground” by David Chipperfield. 

With to the striking yet delicate Arum at the Biennale, Hadid's by now signature, technological, often abstract approach actually pays "homage to German structural engineer Frei Otto, master of tensile structures," according to Art Info. Hadid, evidently, admires his experimental influence on efficiently designed metal structures. Her flower-inspired shell makes use of complex algorithms for tensile strength in an elegant form. Some are calling it a "funnel," which seems like a backhanded compliment of sorts. We'd have to see it in person to know for sure.

The Venice Architectural Biennale runs through November 25. The Arum Shell is on view at the Arsenale.  

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