The Peak

The Exploding Hong Kong Building That Launched Zaha Hadid’s Career

Before she actually completed any buildings, Zaha Hadid was busy making them explode. When the Iraqi-born architect was first getting started in the late 1970s and early 1980s, she worked obsessively on concepts that tore apart architectural conventions. Instead of anodyne renderings, she painted her buildings as abstractions – sometimes in a state of disassembly or collapse. That […]...

Slow Hong Kong: In the Steps of a Governor

When you’re on the Peak, you aren’t really at the summit. You’ll need a bit of effort and imagination to reach the true peak of Hong Kong Island, 552 metres above sea level. Try as you might, you will never quite make it, because access is restricted by the telecommunications infrastructure on the summit of Mount […]...
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