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Zaha Hadid installation unveiled at Victoria & Albert Museum

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A new installation by Zaha Hadid Architects has been unveiled at the V&A Museum as part of this year’s London Design Festival

The work, entitled ‘Crest’, takes the form of an aluminium arch over the pond in the V&A’s John Madejski Garden.

Crest was commissioned by Melia Hotels, and in 2016 the firm’s ME Dubai hotel – which has been completely designed by ZHA – will open and will become the permanent home for the sculpture.

Describing the installation, Zaha Hadid said: ‘Crest explores the relationship between surface and structure, transforming the planar water surface of the V&A’s courtyard pool into a curvilinear form, creating a compelling interplay with light and reflection.’

She added: ‘This experimental sculpture tests the limits and possibilities for a new construction technique involving the assembly of aluminium panels into a pre-stressed flat plate which is then lifted into a self-supporting structure.’

The installation will remain at the V&A Musuem until 24 October 2014.

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