Brilliant Study for Budding Geometers

Zaha Hadid studied math before turning to architecture. It is apparent in the geometrical forms that dominate Zaha Hadid’s architectural style. Her curvilinear geometric motifs and use of both Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry are evident in the 28th Street condominium that she designed on the High Line in NYC, creating a strong sense of motion and fluid space.  Observe the various types of symmetry evident in the design; note the strong horizontal parallel curves; the interplay between concavity and convexity of these curves; the contrast between circular and elliptical forms that comprise the facades; and how these shapes change as the perspective of the viewer change. Truly a brilliant math lesson for the budding geometers who visit the High Line.

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