Crest by Zaha Hadid 19.09.14

Zaha Hadid Architects has installed a self-supporting slim aluminium arch over the pool at the centre of the V&A's John Madejski Garden.

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Crest was assembled as a flat plate then pulled it into shape. It comprises two layers of aluminium, each 8mm thick.

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"It gets its strength from the curvature of the surface, which requires a large span and minimal thinness of the material," says Zaha Hadid Architects associate Melodie Leung. "It's a process we've never done before — this is the thinnest shell structure we have built to date."

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"Crest explores the relationship between surface and structure, transforming the planar water surface of the V&A's courtyard's pool into a curvilinear form, creating a compelling interplay with light and reflection," said Zaha Hadid of the Crest bridge. design.'

The bridge will remain at the museum for the duration of London Design Festival, after which it will be moved to the architect's ME Hotel in Dubai.

 

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Debika Ray

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