ZAHA HADID "VITRA FIRE STATION" COLLOTYPE, 1993
Owning a work by Zaha Hadid, one of the world's most revered and innovative architects, is no easy feat.
Very few pieces are on the market and prices at auction are astoundingly high (a cocktail table sold at Philips last December for $90,000)
During the late 80s and for most of the 90s Hadid was an admired architect who only had a handful of projects actually realized (despite winning various architectural competitions)
Vitra, the renowned European furniture maker, has their headquarters including corporate offices, showrooms and factories located on a "campus" in Germany a few minutes away from Basel, Switzerland.
In the late 80's a fire destroyed several buildings, mainly due to the fact that the company's complex was out of the jurisdiction of the fire stations in the region.
In 1993 Vitra commissioned Hadid to work on the campus' new masterplan and actually build her avant-garde vision of a on-campus "Feuerwehrhaus" or fire station.
The fire station would be Hadid's first realized project and subsequently launch a career defined by impressive and audacious commissions.
Many of the characteristics of this first building can be seen in her subsequent work, notably its impressive angles and fearless asymmetry.
While the fire station was eventually converted into a museum it remains an important and iconic example of architecture on the campus (which also has buildings by Tadao Ando, Frank Gehry and Herzog & de Meuron)
That year Vitra and Hadid published a collotype of the fire station as a gift for their best clients.
This is a very rare and important work in the context of Hadid's career. This piece will be a cherished addition to your art/design collection.
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Signed and numbered by Zaha Hadid.
Paper is stamped Vollfaksimile Original Lucas Hand Farblichtdruck
Collotype print 491/500 (from a design drawing by Zaha Hadid).