ZAHA HADID "VITRA FIRE STATION" COLLOTYPE, 1993

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Earlier this year, the world lost one of the most innovative, uncompromising and original architects of our time: the inimitable Zaha Hadid.  

During the late 80's and well into the the 90's Zaha Hadid was an admired architect who only had a handful of projects actually realized (despite winning various architectural competitions) 

Vitra, the renowned European furniture maker, was her first realized project. The company has their headquarters including corporate offices, showrooms and factories located on a "campus" in Germany a few minutes away from Basel, Switzerland.

In the late 80's a fire destroyed several buildings. The significant losses were mainly due to the fact that the company's complex was out of the jurisdiction of the fire stations in the region.

So, in 1993 Vitra commissioned Hadid to work on the campus' new masterplan and actually build her avant-garde vision of a "Feuerwehrhaus" or fire station. 

The fire station would be Hadid's first realized project and subsequently launched her career.

Many of the characteristics of this first building can be seen in her subsequent work, notably its impressive angles and fearless asymmetry.

While the fire station was eventually converted into a museum it remains an important and iconic example of architecture on the campus (which also has buildings by Tadao Ando, Frank Gehry and Herzog & de Meuron)

That year Vitra and Hadid published a collotype of the fire station as a gift for their best clients.

This is a very rare and important work in the context of Hadid's career. This piece will be a cherished addition to your art/design collection. 

Additional images available on request. 

Questions about this piece? Contact us or call 1.844.4287

Signed and numbered by the artist.

From an edition of 500

Paper is stamped Vollfaksimile Original Lucas Hand Farblichtdruck

Collotype print 

Germany, 1993

23.5"W 19"H

Excellent condition.

 

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