‘Lotus’ Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
Design Team: Melodie Leung and Gerhild Orthacker
On view 10 Sept – 23 November at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale
The ‘Lotus’ room is conceived as a fragmented enclosure that can be compressed and expanded into programmed areas for resting, sitting, storage, and browsing. A multitude of folds structure these programs both formally and functionally. The space of the room is in transience and fluctuates between two extreme states: one which is highly condensed and exclusive of its surroundings and the other which is unfolded, dispersed and interlocked into its environment. Furniture and Architecture become integrated and mobile as the various parts are released from their compact configuration to reveal a mobile desk with encased chair, bed, shelving, a wardrobe rail/room divider, and end table. Increased variety and possibilities for habitation are revealed as the Lotus seductively sheds and unveils its embedded counterparts.