~ Zaha Hadid// Secret Garden for Citico Milan

The Secret Garden is an installation by Paola Navone using blown glass by Barovier & Tosco with inlaid marble interpreted by Zaha Hadid Architects. The garden is located in the Orta Botanico in Brera, a silent green spot in the heart of Milan.
The aim is to convey the craft and quality of the glass and marble products through the artistic imaginations of Zaha Hadid and Paola Navone. Zaha Hadid has designed a pavilion which apparently brings together three vertical surfaces in marble created by Citco. The walls are made up of a jigsaw of irregularly-shaped, multi-faceted marble chips which adopt repeated patterns, acquiring great material force in their three-dimensionality.

Image of the pavilion courtesy of Home Build Life

Image of the pavilion courtesy of Home Build Life
Images: Zaha Hadid

The deconstructed architecture of the pavilion is close to having an organic look and fits in well in this extraordinarily natural context, bringing the best out of the company’s expertise in making contemporary inlaid surfaces with strong emotional impact. A project of weight which seeks to win the attention of designers, inviting them to introduce elements which are full of expression and are capable of giving character to interiors.
'The composition of the marble panels derives from the complex beauty found in the organisational patterns of the natural world. These fascinating patterns appear when energy combines with geology, developing a geometrical series of repeated cycles of growth and erosion which are layered in the immaculate marble of Citco.
Each piece is a structured composition which begs to be explored, revealing a complexity of form, repetitions and lines which celebrate the detailed process and the fluidity of natural systems: it is a convincing manifesto of the peerless logic and harmony of nature; a journey of discovery into the forces which created them. The demanding organisation, the structural integrity and the precision of these natural systems inspire a rich architectural language with an innate capacity for complex programming.
The formal dynamic of the design of the pavilion has been created with delicate touches that follow a coherent and logical order. A rhythm of cracks, folds and recesses defines the spaces that surround every piece: an integration of different shapes which reflect the individuality of each panel, while encouraging the treatment of each piece as part of the whole. This dialogue of geometries establishes a direct relationship between nature and architecture, a natural evolution of the creative language explored thanks to techniques which exploit the innovations in the digital design process and production techniques.' Zaha Hadid

 Paola Navone with Barovier&Toso and Zaha Hadid with CITCO.
Orto Botanico dell’Accademia di Brera, Milan, April 17-22, 2012. Opening April 16, 7PM.

Other images courtesy of Travel8ing
Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects  

Images of last year's pavilion for Milan design Week by Zaha Hadid teamed with LEA Ceramiche to create 'Twirl', a mesmerizing installation in the 18th-century courtyard of the State University in Milan. In contrast to the square courtyard, the porcelain tiled surfaces ripple out from a center space, shifting colors in a gradient from black to white and creating sinuous geometric patterns. The floor is tiled as well, and the edges of the installation are pixellated. A series of fluorescent light tubes (specially produced by Artemide) spread light from the center outwards, lighting the existing architecture (a heavily colonnaded facade) and forming a link, as LEA Ceramiche would have it, 'between the rigid Cartesian setting and the linear fluidity of the installation'.
It's a promotional effort by the tile company, of course, to show off their new Slimtech line (the "latest-generation laminated porcelain tiles"—a super-thin tile that comes in sheets up to three by one meters)—but it's also an compelling project that shows the potential of tiles to move beyond floors and walls and into three-dimensional space. 

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