Zaha Hadid’s “Z-Stream”
A slightly older project, but worth a re-visit: “Z- Stream”, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, UK. This fiberglass slide/installation on the castle grounds is a part of Reconstruction, an annual show founded in 2004 by Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst and Elliot McDonald. For the 3rd year’s show, Zaha Hadid Architects have this to say about their design: ”Interpreting the theme ‘art and play’ our installation for Reconstruction 3 reinvents the conventional playground slide- utilizing a ribbon which emerges from a fissure in the garden landscape to create an unique object/experience, part slide, part climbing frame, part shelter- embodying differing speeds of geological and pastoral time.” This is a good example of fiberglass operating in high traffic exterior conditions, while maintaining a high degree of detail and complexity in form. Zaha Hadid has a number of furniture/installation scale projects utilizing these benefits of fiberglass. Photos via Zaha Hadid Architects.