Celebrating 20 years since she completed her first building – the Vitra Fire Station – Zaha Hadid reflects on the project and her work with Deyan Sudjic, Director, Design Museum, London, at Vitra Campus earlier this year. Introduced by Vitra Chairman Rolf Fehlbaum, who originally commissioned Hadid to design the Fire Station, the anniversary was also marked by a site-specific interactive installation for Swarovski showcased inside the Fire Station.
Zaha Hadid’s London-based office has now completed almost 40 architectural projects around the world, including seminal buildings like the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games and the MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome. Hadid was the Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate in 2004 and her buildings have been awarded the Stirling Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects in both 2010 and 2011. Hadid's spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms in architecture are counterbalanced by work on a smaller scale too. The Moon System sofa for B&B Italia and Flow vase for Serralunga takes on the same strong geometry.
Vitra also published a piece about the history of Vitra Fire Station and Vitra's master plan for the Vitra site that has involved collaborations with some of the world's best architects, you can read the story here.