Wine bottle by Zaha Hadid
for Leo Hillinger

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Wine bottle by Zaha Hadid for Leo Hillinger

Product news: London architect Zaha Hadid has designed a curvaceous wine bottle for Austrian winemaker Leo Hillinger.

Zaha Hadid created the limited-edition design for Leo Hillinger's Icon Hill 2009 vintage red wine, of which 999 bottles were made.

One side has a concave indentation with the same curve as the back of the bottle so a row of them can interlock. A dimple in the base allows sediment to gather and provides a thumb hold for pouring.

Wine bottle by Zaha Hadid for Leo Hillinger

"The elongated volume of the bottle has been derived from the profile of liquid droplets," said Hadid. "A continuous spatial curve was then projected onto the bottle's surface, defining areas for the concave indentation and suggesting the waves created when droplets break a liquid's surface."

The shape was created using NURB-based software, then the glassware was formed in cast-iron moulds.

It comes in a box with the form of the bottle cut from striations, a common feature of Hadid's designs. See our feature on striations in architecture and design here.

Wine bottle by Zaha Hadid for Leo Hillinger

Other designs for alcohol we've featured include packaging for coffee-flavoured beer designed by Nendo and a set of seven wine glasses inspired by the seven deadly sins.

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Icon Hill is an exceptional red wine cuvee of 2009 vintage, produced by the renowned Austrian winemaker Leo Hillinger in a limited edition of 999 bottles that have been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects to reflect the wine’s bold and distinctive character.

The elongated volume of the bottle has been derived from the profile of liquid droplets. A continuous spatial curve was then projected onto the bottle’s surface, defining areas for the concave indentation and suggesting the waves created when droplets break a liquid's surface.

The concave indentation and the bottle's surface have the same curvature, enabling a set of bottles to interlock and be perceived as singular whole. A smaller indent and volume has been created at the base of the bottle for correct handling and to accommodate any tartrates.

To achieve the precision and accuracy required for production, the shape of the bottle was created using NURB-based CAD software. The bottle manufacturer directly implemented this 3D master geometry to produce the cast iron moulds for the glass forming process.

  • George

    Nice bottle…now for the bad news… less wine for the consumer!

  • Javi Lan

    I am not a big fan of this architect, but I recognise a beautiful and elegant design in this product.

  • T,.T

    BOOZE BOWLING!

  • Luke

    “One side has a concave indentation with the same curve as the back of the bottle so a row of them can interlock.” – Given that only 999 bottles were created, one has to wonder how often that’ll come up… Gorgeous object, though.

    • earth to matilda

      Absolutely, because one bottle in front of another takes an awful lot of space on the cellar of the investment banker du jour :) Nice design, functional detail smells funny.

  • jack

    For me the design of the base is completely wrong from the semantic point of view. That is the base of a bottle of Coke, or at most of a bottle blow moulded. As usual for Zaha, free shapes without serious thoughts behind them. Probably the major difference between an architect and a designer.

    • Dave

      How many wine bottles have you designed then Jack? Post a link and we can see the serious thoughts behind your work. See the difference between a critic and a troll ;)

      • Jack

        It’s silly that we should expect a practical comparison in order to give strength to a valid opinion expressed simply using logic. It looks like the claim of one who has been personally touched because someone said to him that he has it small, so the guy (to feel better) asks you to show him your own. But objectively has not removed the fact that his remains small. ;-) Is this clearer with this “comparison” now? I took time to bring down the level of my communication to your affirmation.

        • Anthony

          Waoh! This IS a reply!

  • Thierry T

    The bottle will certainly make people talk around the table. I hope the wine is as outstanding as the bottle.

  • flying

    What a hideous logo. It kills the whole design.

  • Concerned Citizen

    So?

  • sue

    It looks very elegant and more innovative than her buildings.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Perhaps the editors should know that just because it’s Zaha, it does not follow that it’s notable.

  • kate

    Finally something nice from her.

  • viktor vektor

    Now only his wine needs to taste better.

  • MTJ

    I have a bicycle seat that looks exactly like that!

  • Jerry Kott

    What a beautiful bottle and presentation. Containers are still an open challenge for contemporary design. I had fallen in love with wine bottles years ago and I have a site that demonstrates the range of reforming. However, this one here stand alone as a gem.