A few more shots of Zaha Hadid’s housing block as part of the 1987 IBA, a modest affair when judged against her curvy mega-projects of recent years.
She didn’t seem keen to have the project included in her official catalogue in later years, am not sure why, as it’s an incredibly rare example of her early work and really does visually catch a sense of that earlier spiky, deconstructivist look of her many unbuilt projects at that time.
The block directly next door is by Will Alsop, and is offices rather than housing, but is likewise a low key design compared with his later ‘blobs on sticks’ icon-making. The block is split into two parts on the main elevation, and is not particularly photogenic from this angle. The courtyard elevations at the back are of more interest.
For the record, the Alsop building was not part of the IBA.
Ignore the various pink pipes in front of both buildings – these squirm all over Berlin, ad will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. They seem to be there to pump water out of construction sites (essentially, Berlin has been built in a swamp).
Zaha Hadid block, main elevation
…and from the rear
Some of the detailing not very robust though
Side street elevation
From Stresemannstrasse – note that three storey building to the left is part of the block
The Will Alsop block(s), view down Niederkirchner Strasse
…and the ‘better’ elevation to the rear
Junction of the two Alsop blocks – the detailing of the facade to the left quite interesting when you get close
View from side street (taken from the Hadid block)