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fire station

Fire station (1994) designed by Zaha Hadid at the Vitra premises in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Very sculptural and formally intricate, it was nonetheless very influencial and as her first built project it set her name as one of the star architects of the nineties. It is interesting to see how perceptions and the appreciation of form-driven architecture change within the world of architecture. At some point Hadid’s work was considered superficial formalism, much like what has been said about e.g. Oscar Niemeyer’s work. Later her work was praised and now I sense there is a growing reluctance among architects and designers again. In the Netherlands critics call it ‘vormwil’ and contrary to its international equivalent ‘formalism’ the term is always used as a pejorative.


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