Year: August 2016
Publication: Architectural Digest
Author: Nick Mafi
Even after her unexpected death in March, Zaha Hadid’s architectural influence is still evident around the world. As recently as this week, a striking pavilion designed by the architect has been installed on the grounds of a stately home in England’s posh Peak District. Hadid’s Lilas pavilion will be the focal point of this year’s “Beyond Limits” exhibition at the Chatsworth House (opening September 10)—an event organized by Sotheby’s that displays contemporary outdoor sculptures. Standing a little over 18 feet tall, the structure was originally designed as a temporary shelter for the Serpentine Gallery’s annual summer party in 2007. Hadid provided the composition as a substitute when two previously scheduled pavilions, by Olafur Eliasson and Snøhetta, were behind schedule. The all-white canopy consists of three mushroomlike structures that curve to an exaggerated degree, providing the pavilion that distinct design element seen in many of Hadid’s creations.
Hadid’s Lilas pavilion will be sold alongside nine other sculptures displayed at the exhibition, designed by such artists as Jedd Novatt, Erwin Wurm, Joana Vasconcelos, Lynn Chadwick, Ju Ming, Wendell Castle, and Charles Hadcock.
Yet, for many, including the event organizers, the show really revolves around Hadid’s work. “For each of our annual ‘Beyond Limits’ shows, we seek to bring something new and thrilling to the experience, and the resurrection of Zaha Hadid’s seminal Lilas pavilion in such a historic location is one of the highlights this year,” said Sotheby’s curator Simon Stock in a statement. “The public display of the remarkable structure, which has traveled from a royal park to a stately garden, is also a fitting tribute to such a pioneer in her field.” The ‘Beyond Limits’ exhibition at the Chatsworth House runs through October 30; sothebys.com