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A Shoe is a Built Envioronment for Your Foot JingYi Liu





I firstly sketched a heel from the side view, top view and bottom view respectively. I decided to mainly use metal wires for the making, because it is hard in nature so that the curvilinear shape of the shoe can be appropriately formed. I also wanted to use a soft leather-like wire to make the ankle part of the shoe becasue hard heels usually scratched the owner’s ankle. The Shoe will include two layers at the bottom, which will be made from horizontally bailed wires. As sugessted by my partner in her questionaire, I will give the shoe a monochromatic color scheme. And also according to her, I will make the shoe maximalist and make the environment minimalist.


Drawing inspiration from Zaha Hadidi’s a Baku’s Heydar Aliyev Center architecture, I decided to make the shoe a curvilinear and large-scaled environment. I firstly did two sketches of the front view and side view of Heydar Aliyev Center, and then tried to incorporate the shoe’s shape into the environment. On the conceptual image (1-6), I figured that the shape of the heel is similar to the frontal view of Heydar Aliyev center, therefore I decided to add more elements based on this similarity. I added wires onto the shoe to make it assimilate with the architecture and constructed a space behind the shoe. I decided to change the sides of Zaha Hadid’s architecture due to its monumental scale, instead fusing the two sides of Heydar Aliyev Center and slented one of the side to form a new organic volume, demonstrated in the images below.





Materials for shoe making

Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid






Merging two sides of the architecture into one, I created a three sides organic form at the end of the architecture. I flattened the surfaces with lines so that one of the side appears to be twisting and floating, similar to the style of Zaha Hadid in Heydar Aliyev Center. (1-13) Some soft leather wires are used to in the making of the front part of the architecture (1-10) to resonate with the ankle part of the shoe. The soft nature of the wires also added to the vitality of the form. I covered the shoe with sparkling materials to make it monochormatic, and also covered the first arch to form a surface that is similar to the shape of Heydar Aliyev Center's frontal surface. More wires can be added to the opening of the "frontal sruface" to better merge the shoe to form an architectural face.

1-12 shows the side view of the show sculpture. The end curve as seen is lifted above the air as Heydar Aliyev Center. More negative spaces are presented and the windows of Zaha Hadid's architectures remain open in this sculpture.


Heydar Aliyev Centre is a architecture in Baku, designed by Zaha Hadid architects. It is a primary building for the nation’s cultural programs, breaks from the rigid and often monumental Soviet architecture prevalent in Baku, seeking to express the sensibilities of Azeri culture and the optimism of a nation.


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An architectural shoe  

Building an architectural shoe with wires.

An architectural shoe  

Building an architectural shoe with wires.