The new garden extension of the Ordrupgaard Museum at Charlottenlund, just west of Copenhagen, shows world-renowned, Iraqi-born, British architect, Zaha Hadid, in a new, more landscape-oriented mood and it suits her architecture.
Designed together with her now constant design partner, Patrick Schumaker, the building seems moulded, embedded in the garden landscape there, like a spontaneous geological landfall.
A soft and rounded concrete structure, it complements beautifully the brick and timber architecture of the main house, to which it is attached.
What Zaha is interested in, with the series of landscape and garden projects she has now worked on, is how the built form can become embedded in its close surroundings.
Maggie’s Centre for cancer care, Oldham
An enchanting matchbox on stilts, with a garden below and a tree at its centre, there is poetry, symbolism and a real emotional intelligence here at dRMM’s new Maggie’s Centre for cancer care in Oldham
Michael Rush: interview
Lilly Wei talks to the director of Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Designed by the innovative and often controversial architect Zaha Hadid, the soaring glass, steel and concrete building hovers like a luminous spaceship in the heart of East Lansing, impossible to overlook.
‘Küssen Im Park’: The Serpentine Gallery Expands
On 28 September 2013, a new and separate space opened nearby the existing Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London. It virtually doubles the area available for its outstanding schedule of exhibitions, and allows for a rich duplication of related exhibitions.
Marisa Merz and Adrián Villar Rojas
In the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, the installation Today We Reboot The Planet offers the first UK exhibition of the work of Argentine artist Adrián Villar Rojas. His is the inaugural show at the Sackler space, which is taking on its first public use since it was built as an ammunition store in 1805. Back in the old gallery, the recent work of Arte Povera artist Marisa Merz is presented – her first UK solo exhibition at a public institution.
Architecture: Zaha Did It
The development of architecture specifically for cancer outpatient healthcare has been pioneered in the UK by a group of independent operatives known as the 'Maggie's Centres'. This came about initially as an effect of the personal tragedy of the internationally renowned American architectural writer Charles Jencks, who lost his wife Maggie Keswick to cancer in 1996. Before her illness, which both had fought courageously over some years, Maggie herself had been at the receiving end of grim experiences, waiting in corridors of crowded oncology wards for urgent treatment, sometimes for hours on end. Together, they resolved to do something about the situation.