Hadid’s Latest Tops Off

The topping-out ceremony for Zaha Hadid’s Ordrupgaard Extension was held last week and Arcspace reports with some photos of the event, as well as some great construction photos of the Dutch museum extension.

Text from Zaha Hadid Architects:

“The growth of Ordrupgaard presented an opportunity to explore new formal relationships between the components of the museum and the garden that frames it, in so far that the ensemble constitutes a kind of topography in itself. The new extension seeks to establish a new landscape within the territory of its architecture, at the same time allowing new relations with the existing conditions.”

This is *cough* clearly illustrated by the diagram at the right. (Note: Read the preceding with intonations of sarcasm.)

Like most of her other buildings, the form of the museum is very compelling, very inspiring…but from the photos, I don’t quite understand it any sort of “new landscape.” A striking form within and inspired by the landscape, perhaps, but not a landscape in itself.