How do you spot an Architect in a crowd?
The Architect is marked by certain qualities which turns even the Architects most meager endeavor into a classic masterpiece. The Architect is blessed with the ability to joggle between different personalities at different points in time. To an untrained eye, the Architect is perceived as being plagued by multi-personalities. But that is far from the truth. In fact, it would be a compliment If you called an Architect a “jack of all trades”. What sets the Architect apart from all other “jacks” is that the Architect is a master of all his/her trade.

The Architect’s point of view is that whatever can be designed should be designed excellently. As such, excellence is the innate mark of the Architect. Its how the Architect is wired.

The object of this article is THE HIGH LINE INSTALLATION by ZAHA HADID.

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid is an Iraqi-British architect who became the first woman recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.

This HIGH LINE INSTALLATION by ZAHA HADID is a perfect example of the innate mark of an Architect. This is why… Steven Burks, the designer, said in an interview that “For decades the High Line was an overgrown railroad track, left over from an era when elevated trains roared through Manhattan. Today it’s a multi-million dollar park that’s welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors a day.”

With thousands of people visiting this site, It has become common practice for developers constructing any structure around The High Line park to design a temporary cover over the park to avoid construction risks like heavy equipment or other debris falling on pedestrians. This temporary cover is supposed to be JUST A SHED/SHELTER made out of regular materials like scaffolding, etc. But Zaha Hadid, being an Architect indeed, designed a shelter and more.

Zaha Hadid was constructing 520 West 28th Street(an 11-storey condo tower by Hadid that is slated to open in 2016) beside New York’s High Line and needed to provide a system of pedestrian-tunnel for protection.

So, She designed an installation measuring 112 feet (34 metres) in length and 14.5 feet (4.4 metres) in height with the function of equipping the pedestrians with necessary overhead protection while passing by the construction site from the High Line(the popular Manhattan park that was formerly a derelict railway.

The linear park’s central pathway passes under the Hadid installation) to 520 West 28th Street.



Located at the heart of manhattan’s cultural district in West Chelsea, the installation called Allongé is inspired by the “connectivity and dynamism of movement” in the High Line, the installation is made of silver fabric, covered by a black wooden shed stretched over a curved metal frame, adding sleekness to the otherwise “rigid New York streetscape”, and the colors-silver on black-reminding observant users that “every cloud has a silver lining”.

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

“The swooping design of the temporary construction shelter embodies Zaha Hadid’s organic design aesthetic while serving as a mandatory protective cover for the High Line, and foreshadows the fluid forms of her dramatic new sculptural building,” said Related Companies, the developer of 520 West 28th Street.

This installation could have been just a temporary shed. But being designed by an Architect, it became a lot more, showcasing the innate mark of an Architect – excellence.

by: D’zyna Eni.


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