The Art of Zaha Hadid

The boundary, the precision and the precise intentionality of calligraphic detail is harmonic. The shadows of the architectural formations are shaped naturally, like the harmony of tiger fish stripes. This environment is a dream like city formed directly from the earth. Every detail is organically calculated as you can see in the mid to lower region of the canvas*, just above the diagonal blue river colored space, about six narrow building-like figures aline the shore of this blue space. My eyes were attracted or rather, directed to this space. In this space there is the proposal, which is to show the viewer the creative process, from the brain stem to the heart. The thin calligraphic lines appear to begin at the top right of the canvas and trickle down from the white mountain-like matter directing the viewer’s eye to an architectural landscape built with intricate detail, as you can see on the rooftops of the six narrow building-like rectangles that aline the shoreline of the blue space, as mentioned before.

“Drawing and painting were fundamental to Hadid’s practice. Influenced by Malevich, Tatlin and Rodchenko, she used calligraphic drawings as the primary method for visualising her architectural ideas.”**

*canvas – I use the term canvas to reference the entire frame of work as a physical piece of art and the three dimensional working space in computer software and advanced architecture programs. Both are similar in the sense that these are working spaces, some may not see difference, others may, either way I felt the need to clarify. I will gladly explain for anyone interested please let me know and I will post that information.

** ” ‘Zaha Hadid: There Should Be No End To Experimentation’ – Exhibition, HK / Zaha Hadid Design.” Zaha Hadid Design. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2017. Website link:

The image above is not my own. Attributes to Hadid, Zaha. The Hong Kong recreation center proposal, The Peak. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2017.

This written observation is based on my initial online viewing of the image above. I have not seen this work in person, please keep this in mind. Comments are welcome. Thank you for reading. More information can be found at

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