Zaha Hadid's Crest debuts at London Design Festival
Dubai hotel commission will preview outside the V&A next month before travelling to the UAE
Zaha Hadid has designed the showcase item for this year's London Design Festival at the site of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Hadid's Crest installation - commissioned by ME by Meliá Hotels International to mark the 2016 launch of their Hadid-designed ME Dubai hotel - will hover over the pond in the V&A's John Madejski garden between September 13-21.
"We envisaged a piece that would emerge from the fountain at the centre of the pool," Hadid says. "The metallic surface will reflect the sky on one side and the rippling water on the underside."
The precision engineered aluminium piece will eventually be transported to Dubai where it will reside in the hotel's garden.
Once reinstalled, Hadid says the piece will continue "to explore the relationships between fluid and Cartesian, solid and void, surface and structure inherent within the hotel's design."
As previoulsy reported, the 100-room hotel will feature four penthouse suites with private roof terraces and restaurant, all designed by the architect.
"We're excited that this spectacular piece of public art will launch ME Dubai," Mr Escarrer, CEO of Meliá Hotels International said. "The ME brand is centered on culture and design and this continues our series of renowned collaborative partnerships." The company opened a Foster + Partners' designed ME in London last year."