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specialism throughout its fabric, with views of student participation at every turn; and the MAXXI Museum in Rome, a building for the staging of 21st Century art, the distillation of years of experimentation, a mature piece of architecture conveying a calmness that belies the complexities of its form and organisation. Hadid’s other awards included the Republic of France’s Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Japan’s Praemium Imperiale and in 2012, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire; she is also Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture. Hadid also held various academic roles including the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois, School of Architecture. Hadid also taught studios at Columbia University, Yale University and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Elsewhere in the lighting sector, Hadid’s more recent work with Italian brand Slamp saw the creation of Aria and Avia lighting
fixtures, released in 2013. Aria is a light piece that is charged with Hadid’s dramatic sense of motion combined with the intrinsic weightlessness of technically advanced materials. With its 50 layers of Crystalflex, this suspension light has a complex harmonic yet fluid contemporary quality. With its translucent black overlay, a fascinating sculpture in light. Avia is fluid and dynamic and a miniature piece of architecture, 50 different layers of Polycarbonate transform it from a source of light into an object of admiration with soft, amplified tones and reflections. In response to Hadid’s death, Slamp released a statement that read: “Those of you who have followed us for several years know perfectly that Zaha’s influence has touched our company, and you can imagine how devastating her passing has been for all of us. We have promised her that our mission, and above all, our honour, will be to ensure that her light continues to shine brightly.” At last year’s Milan Design Week WonderGlass introduced the Luma and Swarm pieces in collaboration with Hadid. WonderGlass focuses on interactive
installations that can not only be seen but also be touched. The seamless dialogue of subtle and elegant refractions onto organic surfaces is magnified by the presence of Swarm, a statement chandelier. Composed of black crystal volumes suspended in dynamic forms, the intricately layered spatial composition of the chandelier presets itself as a unified whole. From underneath, its separated crystal suspensions can be distinguished, emphasising unity without the restrictions of symmetry. The Luma chandelier is another sculptural composition of four tubular segments that follow a radial trajectory and dramatically transform into diamond-shaped luminaires to subtly diffuse light with their materiality. Informed by the precise mathematical principles that define natural surface tension, each individual glass segment has been hand-blown and celebrates the unrivalled logic and beauty found within nature. These creations for WonderGlass testify Hadid’s focus on quality and exploration. Recently awarded the RIBA 2016 Royal Gold Medal, the first woman to be awarded the
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