Once a Pop Up Pavilion for Chanel, Architect Zaha Hadid’s Work Is Displayed in Paris
Cutting-edge woman architect’s is work on display at Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris
In the courtyard of the Institut du Monde Arabe, in the Latin Quarter at the start of Blvd. St. Germain, is a shiny, curvaceous white structure resembling a spaceship. It’s the mobile art pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid and features a retrospective of the last 30 years of her cutting-edge architecture.
Hadid originally designed the structure for Chanel in 2008 as a traveling art exhibition showcasing artists designing special edition handbags for Chanel and toured Hong Kong,Tokyo, and New York before arriving in Paris.
Recognized as one of the most respected architects in the world right now, Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, the top architecture prize in the world, which was awarded to her in 2004.
She was born in Baghdad, later moving to Beirut and is now based in London. She is dedicated to designing works in mid-east countries.
The futuristic look of the structure is the perfect backdrop to highlight the past and future designs of Hadid, including projects in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, and Dubai.
If you want to see the future of architecture now, go transport yourself to Zaha Hadid’s world at the Institut du Monde Arabe. –Richard Nahem
Zaha Hadid, Une Architecture – Till October 30
Institut du Monde Arabe
1 rue des Fosses Saint Bernard
Place Mohammed V, 75004
Tuesday to Friday 10AM-6PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM-7PM
Published on August 30, 2011
Richard, The Paris Insider - Expat New Yorker and good time bon vivant, Richard Nahem is a fashion and trend insider reporting on what's nouveau in Paris. Richard is the founder of the wildly popular blog, Eye Prefer Paris and leads private shopping tours of Paris via Eye Prefer Paris Tours. He is a chocolate truffle hound who knows how to get to the front of the line. www.eyepreferparis.com / www.eyepreferparistours.com