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Legendary British international architecture and design firm Zaha Hadid Architects is known for its futuristic and forward-thinking contemporary designs that embraces the irregular.

Patrik Schumacher, the principal architect of the esteemed firm recently sat down with Architecture & Design and discussed how “computational parametric design” and other algorithmic technologies are opening up a whole new world of possibilities for architects, in addition to sharing his thoughts about the Mayfair, a multi-residential development in Australia that the firm has worked on.

Here’s a few takeaways that we learned from the conversation.

…on the rise of customization in all types of projects and the future of residential design.

PS: “New production technologies enable us to offer a much greater customization choice, allowing elements within the architecture to be adapted for different layouts and tastes. Advanced computational design and digital production with fabrication technologies such as robotics and 3D printing are making customisation very feasible, offering infinite alternatives at approximately the equivalent costs to standardised industrial production. Computational design is already changing the way architecture looks and feels, creating remarkable new homes that are customised for their owners’ [lifestyles] and tastes.”

…on his approach that sets Zaha Hadid Architects projects apart.

PS: “We strongly believe in a collective, multidisciplinary approach to architecture. New digital design tools, robotics, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and big data are all impacting architecture and enabling the industry to develop solutions to complex issues. We are working with new concepts, logic and methods that examine and organize the complexities of our contemporary living patterns, creating buildings the engage, integrate and adapt with the needs of their users. Huge advances in design technology are enabling architects to rethink form and space, using innovative new construction methods and materials.

Computational parametric design and digital fabrication are evolving technologies that are changing how we design and construct with an architecture that is intriguingly reminiscent of natural forms but completely modern in expression.”

…on the inspiration behind Mayfair’s design.

PS: “The façade was inspired by the rolling waves of the Australian oceans and landscapes, and also inspired by the concepts of how a system based on simple rules can generate infinite possibilities within a cohesive recognizable form. These natural forms within the façade design continue throughout the interiors – from the lobbies to the communal facilities and to the interiors of every single unit. We have designed a series of unique elements to cater for every aspect of our daily lives, with bespoke kitchens, fireplaces, wardrobes and bathroom.”

…on how the Mayfair will stand out in a crowded residential market.

PS: “Buyers will appreciate the location, views and high-quality design – those are some of the key qualities which set the project apart. We think competition is a healthy aspect of the housing market; it encourages developers to raise standards and enables architects to propose a level of innovation and quality which would otherwise be typically confined to major civic projects such as theaters and museums. The building responds to its irregular site and has a great variety of unit sizes and layouts which are reflected within the façade”

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Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

scribbling by day, architect by night

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