2005 Winner/ Zaha Hadid

The Design Miami/ Designer of the Year Award was presented to Zaha Hadid in December 2005.

For the inaugural Design Miami/ in 2005, Zaha Hadid Architects was commissioned to develop the Elastika installation as part of her Designer of the Year Award. The piece evolved as an architectural experiment exploring concepts of connectivity––emerging from the rigidly orthogonal structural frame of the 1921 Moore Building’s atrium located in the Miami Design District. Elastika reaches across the space in a composition that transforms the heart of the building. Taking the formal concept back to its constituent parts––structure and surface––Elastika creates a four-dimensional world in between vertical planes, linking spaces and floors across the atrium, changing levels, and intersecting in mid-air. The piece is an extrusion of the spatial concepts inherent within Hadid’s architecture. Form does not follow only function, but is also defined by the narrative of spatial flow; a fluid architecture that emerges from the city and also constantly makes connections.