Andrea Palladio and Contemporary Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects / AURA

2008 | Architecture | Curatorial | Curator
Project Title
Andrea Palladio and Contemporary Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects / AURA
Country
Year
09.10 – 11.23
Status
Curator

Giulia Foscari

Exhibitor

Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher

Format

Collateral Event

Venue

La Malcontenta 

Collaborators

Idee and Design GmbH, Manufacturing | Zumtobel, Lighting 

Address

Via Nicolo’ dei Conti, Mira, Venice

Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher – when invited by curator Giulia Foscari to initiate a dialogue between contemporary architects and Palladio in occasion of the 500th anniversary of Palladio’s birth – focused their study on three rooms, conscious that exploring the logic and relational system of such room they would have addressed and captured the essence of Palladio’s architectural theory. 

The room chosen is in the Piano Nobile of Villa La Malcontenta, a building designed by Palladio in 1555 for a site along the Brenta River. The linear proportions of this room thus constitute the starting point for Zaha Hadid’s study. The frequency curves generated by the harmonic proportional system of the villa are progressively transformed, through mathematical algorithms, to define a “genotypic elementary space that contains in its DNA the whole Palladian set of rules”. As a result, multiple complex spatial environments are generated through lawful variations of Palladio’s classical proportions. In such way, within the void of one room of this architecture “Aura” is generated as a spatial morphology that reflects the structure of this void, the skeleton of this ethereal space. 

 

The room chosen is in the Piano Nobile of Villa La Malcontenta, a building designed by Palladio in 1555 for a site along the Brenta River. The linear proportions of this room thus constitute the starting point for Zaha Hadid’s study. The frequency curves generated by the harmonic proportional system of the villa are progressively transformed, through mathematical algorithms, to define a “genotypic elementary space that contains in its DNA the whole Palladian set of rules”. As a result, multiple complex spatial environments are generated through lawful variations of Palladio’s classical proportions. In such way, within the void of one room of this architecture “Aura” is generated as a spatial morphology that reflects the structure of this void, the skeleton of this ethereal space. 

Andrea Palladio and Contemporary Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects / AURA
Andrea Palladio and Contemporary Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects / AURA
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Andrea Palladio and Contemporary Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects / AURA
Andrea Palladio and Contemporary Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects / AURA
Andrea Palladio and Contemporary Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects / AURA
Andrea Palladio and Contemporary Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects / AURA
Andrea Palladio and Contemporary Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects / AURA
Andrea Palladio and Contemporary Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects / AURA
Andrea Palladio and Contemporary Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects / AURA
Andrea Palladio and Contemporary Architects. Zaha Hadid Architects / AURA
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