Tourist season in rain-soaked down-town London, and all the big museums are, shall we say, a tad busy.
But Londonist always has something up its sleeve for a rainy day. And for those of you inclined towards higher aesthetic planes, we would strongly recommend the Design Museum in Shad Thames, more particularly their current exhibition featuring the works of ‘starchitect’ Zaha Hadid.
It is hard to over-state the achievements of this prolific lady – she is becoming as iconic as some of her structures. Not only is she the first woman ever to win the (really important if you’re an architect, but we’d never heard of it) Pritzker Prize, she is truly visionary with her designs. Roofs and walls soar and whoosh in shapely curves, often defying logic and gravity, like something out of the Fifth Element.
And yet it is not just so much architectural eye candy: Ms. Hadid has an impressive portfolio, and is currently working on no less than the Architectural Association’s new HQ in London, and the Olympic Aquatic Centre for 2012.
The exhibition not only showcases her building portfolio, but features many of her designs for more prosaic objects. And there are lots of twiddly interactive bits. It is on until the 29th November.
Just another fine example of what an all round happening place South London is.
Image courtesy of ctav's flickr photostream.