Urban Nebula




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Landmark Project

Architect Zaha Hadid created the Urban Nebula that explored the potential application of pre-cast concrete for the creation of organic, repetitive forms. Installed at the Southbank Centre, the installation was part of the Size + Matter commissions series.

In its transformation from architectural intervention into furniture, the design reflected on the relationship between material system, utility and sculptural form. The areas of darkness and light visible in a nebula were articulated as the hexagonal and triangular voids between the blocks. To achieve this effect, the project harnessed the power of digital design tools. By combining traditional pre-cast techniques with contemporary CNC machine moulding, the system was able to generate a series of standardised components with unique variations.

London Design Festival

Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival feature hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2018 will be held 15-23 September, featuring over 400 Partners, Landmark Projects, and V&A Commissions.

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