Building-Inspired Hats

Zaha Hadid was an architect from Baghdad whose buildings stood out for their innovation and dynamism. He also designed furniture and footwear and everything in the same vein as his architecture.

In 2013 Zaha Hadid and her studio designed an 11-story residential building in the Chelsea neighborhood on New York's high line. The High Line is a greenway that was built in New York on top of an old train track. The works on Zaha Hadid's residential building finished in 2018. At the end it coincided that a party was held on the High Line to raise funds to maintain this greenway. The title of the party was “high line hat party” which would be “hat party on the high road”. The dress code for the party was “clothing optional, hats required”.

The people invited to attend the event were the neighbors who lived in that area.

Zaha Hadid's studio came out and wore the 3d printed H-Line hat. It was the most striking of the night since apart from the design it was the most technological and one of the only ones that had used the 3d printer.

The hat design represents the wavy, interlocking chevrons of the building's façade.

This luxury condominium is the only project attributed to Zaha Hadid's studio. The complex patterns and fabrics that Zaha Hadid was used to in her work are perfectly represented in the form of a hat.

The curvature of the hat recreates the same geometric shape as in the residential building. It arches dramatically and a Klein blue is born at the edge.

At the high line party there were other hats but none as inspiring as Zaha Hadid's.

The hats are architecture and they are all based on geometries. Depending on the materials used, some designs or others can be made.

Natural straw hat designs can also be quite dynamic as the straw can be shaped well.

But to wear this type of hat you have to be daring or have an event in which you are invited/forced to wear it like the High line Party.

Below I leave some more photographs of the people who attended the party and the models of hats they wore. Some wanted to blend in with nature and decided to make their hats out of the same plants on the High Line and they turned out just as spectacular.

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