Schumacher has worked alongside Zaha Hadid since 1988, assisting with her first built projects, and is the chief proponent and theorist of parametricism. He considers it “the great new style after modernism”. Such dynamic, organic fluidity, he writes, should infuse “all design tasks from urbanism to the level of tectonic detail, interior furnishings and the world of products”.
1. DNA Staircase (above)
Ross Lovegrove’s staircase is part of his incredibly appealing organic design world. Once more, beauty wins.
2. Barcelona Pavilion
Mies van der Rohe
This image of Mies’ Barcelona Pavilion inspired me to become an architect. It remains an inspiration combining radical innovation with sublime beauty.
3. Sagrada Família
Mark Burry’s work on Gaudí’s Sagrada Família: it demonstrates the beauty, sophistication and power of computational geometry and parametric design.
Zaha’s paintings drew me to London 25 years ago and opened my eyes to a new architectural universe.
5. Architectural models
Frei Otto’s models and buildings mark a radical new beginning and turning point that changed architecture more profoundly than any other work: he initiated a totally new paradigm of design.