What is Form?

We understand form to be ‘the visual shape or configuration of something,’ form is the way something rather man-made or natural exists. A form is a 3-dimensional geometrical figure as opposed to a shape which is 2-dimensional or flat.


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Figure (1,2,3) Work of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects was founded by Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, an Iraqi British architect. The London based architects aim to create transformative, cultural, corporate, residential and other spaces that work in synchronicity with their surroundings.

Figure 1. Form in Motion, a groundbreaking exhibition centre designed by ZHA Architects for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The wavy geometries give a great touch of urban-ism as well as a captivating 3D environment inside and out. The design has proven successful due to the great combination of architecture, landscape and geology. There are no sharp defined shapes, but rather just different varying forms, allowing visitors to think freely and shift perspective.

By using these curved, wavy forms, the designers have created a liquid like motion throughout the exhibition, making us feel as though we are flowing through the space freely and smoothly. Everything from the walls, floor and chairs incorporates these curved forms in different ways, giving a satisfying slightly predictable flow throughout.

A Dolls House, by Zaha Hadid Architects

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Zaha Hadid Architects joined up with Cathedral Group and others to create ‘A Dolls House’ in support of KIDS, a charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families.

The Dolls House is a puzzle like design for children, the different elements (rooms) stack and connect together harmoniously to create one consolidated house. When the house is composed a tunnel travels throughout, connecting all of the rooms together and creating a common space. The house can be assembled and dissembled in hundreds of different ways, allowing children to experiment with how different elements and forms can fit together.

The design encourages children to think about form and different ways of seeing. It is a perfect interpretation of perspective and different thinking for children, it also encompasses an idea of giving an object versatility, which is a great asset for an object/space to have within design.

Other projects by Zaha Hadid

Bridge Pavillion, Zaragoza

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Bridge Pavillion, Zaragoza
(Fig.8) Bridge Pavillion, Zaragoza

Maggies’ Centre: Fife

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(Fig.9) The exterior of a Zaha Hadid Maggies centre. The shapes here are just not quite, and not shaped in the ways they normally would, giving free thinking.
(Fig.10) Early elevation plans.
(Fig.11) Sketch-models of Fife.
(Fig.12) The interior. The rooms flows freely due to the curved corners, and sloped walls. Triangular shapes cut through the ceiling allow light to travel through random areas around the room. It is easy to see how any body, not just only a cancer patient, would find this a happy place to be. The use of form and different elements give us the choice to feel however we want to feel.

 By now, an understanding of ‘form’ and the successes it has within the design world should be understood much more clearly. To wrap it up, form allows for visual thinking rather than visual restrictions, and allows a building/shape to be versatile. If you are still intrigued by the visual possibilities of geometric forms have a look at mathematical origami. Enjoy.


(Fig.1,2,3) Form in Motion, Zaha Hadid architects groundbreaking exhibition centre, 25.10.15, http://www.zaha-hadid.com/design/form-in-motion/

(Fig.4, 5) A dolls house by Zaha Hadid architects, 25.10.15, http://www.zaha-hadid.com/2013/10/11/probono-dollhouse/

(Fig.6, 7, 8) Bridge Pavillion, Zaragoza, 25.10.15, http://www.zaha-hadid.com/design/zaragoza-bridge-pavilion/?doing_wp_cron

(Fig.9) The exterior of a Zaha Hadid Maggies centre, 25.10.15, http://www.zaha-hadid.com/architecture/maggies-centre-fife/

(Fig.10) Early elevation plans of a Maggies centre, 25.10.15, http://www.zaha-hadid.com/architecture/maggies-centre-fife/

(Fig.11) Sketch-models of Fife, 25.10.15, http://www.zaha-hadid.com/architecture/maggies-centre-fife/

(Fig.12) The interior of Fife, 25,10,15,http://www.zaha-hadid.com/architecture/maggies-centre-fife/


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