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Zaha Hadid installs aluminium wave over pool in V&A museum garden

London Design Festival 2014: architect Zaha Hadid has installed a shimmering "bridge" to cross a reflecting pool in the V&A museum's John Madejski Garden (+ slideshow).

Zaha Hadid's wave installation at the V&A for London Design Festival 2014
Photograph by Ed Reeve

Zaha Hadid Architects' Crest installation for this year's London Design Festival arcs over the pool that takes up almost half of the V&A's courtyard space.

Zaha Hadid's wave installation at the V&A for London Design Festival 2014
Photograph by Luke Hayes

An asymmetric aluminium sheet arches over one end of the oval-shaped landscape feature. Shallow steps curve around the water's edge and fountains spurt up on either side.

Zaha Hadid's wave installation at the V&A for London Design Festival 2014
Photograph by Ed Reeve

The museum's 19th century red brick building is mirrored on the surface, while the colours in turn are reflected on the underside of the bridge-like structure.

Zaha Hadid's wave installation at the V&A for London Design Festival 2014
Photograph by Luke Hayes

"Every year during the London Design Festival we work with the V&A on a series of ambitious installations," the festival's deputy director Max Fraser told Dezeen. "Zaha's solution was to do something very sculptural incredibly thin and light in its construction that spans the pool and create the illusion of 'how was that engineered?'"

Zaha Hadid's wave installation at the V&A for London Design Festival 2014
Photograph by Ed Reeve

The pieces of prestressed eight-millimetre-thick aluminium were assembled in two layers as a flat sheet and bent into shape in situ, held in tension to be self supporting.

Zaha Hadid's wave installation at the V&A for London Design Festival 2014
Photograph by Luke Hayes

"It's a type of process that we've never done before, it was an experiment," said Zaha Hadid Architects' Melodie Leung. "It was about achieving a presice form as thin as possible. It's the thinnest shell structure we've done to date."

Zaha Hadid's wave installation at the V&A for London Design Festival 2014
Photograph by Luke Hayes

"Crest animates and engages with the V&A's courtyard and we're looking forward to seeing the installation inhabited and enjoyed by visitors," said Hadid when the design was unveiled.

Zaha Hadid's wave installation at the V&A for London Design Festival 2014
Photograph by Ed Reeve

Members of the public are not allowed to walk over the aluminium sculpture or paddle in the pool.

Zaha Hadid's wave installation at the V&A for London Design Festival 2014
Photograph by Luke Hayes

The temporary piece will remain in place for the duration of the festival – which runs from 13 to 21 September – then will be relocated to the grounds of the ME Hotel designed by Hadid for Dubai, due to open in 2016.

Zaha Hadid's wave installation at the V&A for London Design Festival 2014
Photograph by Luke Hayes

"What Hadid has done is experimental and pushes the boundaries of a construction technique, as well as epitomising some of her key design signatures," said ME’s vice president of brands Tony Cortizas, who commissioned the installation.

Zaha Hadid's wave installation at the V&A for London Design Festival 2014
Photograph by Luke Hayes

Photography is by Luke Hayes and Ed Reeve.

Zaha Hadid's wave installation at the V&A for London Design Festival 2014
Photograph by Luke Hayes

Project credits:

Commissioned by ME by Meliá
Design by Zaha Hadid Architects