Architect zaha hadid has designed ‘twirl’, an installation created for interni magazine’s mutant architecture & design event during this year’s Milan design week (11-17 april, 2011).
A contemporary study on courtyard architecture, the design utilizes a series of ultraslim slabs by italian ceramic manufacturer lea ceramiche to fabricate a vortex-like three-dimensional structure in the 16th-century setting of Milan’s state university.
Covering an area of 800 m2, the site is bound on all sides by two-storey columns and an elevated exterior walkway. The varying planar ceramic sheets, a product called ‘slimtech’, are arranged to transform the rigid geometries of the courtyard into a fluid and dynamic spatial construct.
Drawing from the natural contours of the plot, the installation emphasizes its arches and curves to distort its sense of space.