Zaha Hadid Architects was commissioned by Dover Street Market to design an installation that is to be used as a window display in their London store. The installation was only available for the duration of the 2012 London Olympics and the Paralympics.

Arch2o-Aqua at Dover Street Market (2)

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The name given to the artwork was Aqua, taking reference from the London Aquatic Centre, in both name and form. It takes a parametric approach in design, using repetition and scaling to creating a form as fluid and free flowing as waves.

Arch2o-Aqua at Dover Street Market

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The use of color was restricted to just black and white. This minimalist approach made the main focus to be on the flowing nature of the form and what it represents.

Arch2o-Aqua at Dover Street Market (3)

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The contrasting colors helped to tone down the design, so that it is not overworked, sitting comfortably within its surrounding context.

 By Shanaire Blythe

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