“The New World Exhibition”: Zaha Hadid Architects Celebrates 15 Years Working in China

ILLULIAN is the official partner for the theme exhibition The New World, narrating 15 years of projects in China by Zaha Hadid Architects

Illulian, the historic, prestigious and internationally acclaimed producer of carpets for the luxury furnishings sector, is the official partner of the monographic exhibition on many of the projects completed by Zaha Hadid Architects in China.

The exhibition opened on 6 July at the Guardian Art Center in Beijing,and remains on view until 3 October 2023.

The New World pays tribute to the important achievements of the first 15 years of activity of the studio Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in China, while analyzing the past, present and future of the architectural approach applied by the firm, through displays of drawings, models and products.

The Guangzhou Opera House, completed in 2010 and the famous Leeza SOHO tower in Beijing at the Daxing International Airport are joined by 14 other constructed projects and 25 currently in the development phase.

The exhibition looks to the future, examining the potential of new digital design tools: robotics, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, systems that are changing the way ZHA creates while stimulating the use of new construction techniques and materials that have significant benefits in terms of environmental impact and building performance.

This is the context in which to insert the Perspective 01 carpet, the iconic model from the Limited Edition collection of Illulian, produced in collaboration with the studio Zaha Hadid Architects. Fluid, dynamic and rational forms inspired by the architectural code of the great Iraqi designer are transferred onto an original two-dimensional surface.

The model explores the physicality of the phases of the weaving process involved in the formation of every pattern, described from various viewpoints through a lengthened perspective. The pattern of Perspective 01 reveals these sight lines and incorporates the material contrast of silk and Himalayan wool to bring out an illusion of three-dimensional presence that challenges the notion of space and redefines it.