Wirl was conceived by Zaha Hadid to reflect the intensity of a hyper-acceleratory force within an elastic tactile form. The sculpture is located in Hong Kong, China. Moments of graceful suspension are tensioned between muscular sweeps in multiple directions. As the curvature of the surface dynamically and seamlessly twists and turns, dynamic form and functional furnishings are seamlessly integrated. Swells provide areas for seating while stretches in the form furnish opportunities to recline. A generous upward sweep provides shade as well as integrating a series of evolving framed views of the surrounding environment and buildings. Differentially sized voids allow for a variety of experiential possibilities in regards to entering into and interacting with the sculpture for visitors of all sizes, all the while, surrounded by a cloud of swirling forces lifting off the ground. Rhythmic and asymmetrical, seamless and articulated – its curvaceous form is an intricately linked spatial and inhabitable improvisation suspended in time.

The design and realization of Wirl was driven by the new possibilities created by significant technological advancements in three dimensional design software, as well as an inherent desire to test and engage with the very latest manufacturing capabilities. The resulting sculpture is a dialogue of complex curvilinear geometries and detailed ergonomic research that provides the opportunity to reinvent the balance between urban furniture and public space.

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