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Friday25 July 2014

Architects' desks: Patrik Schumacher, director at Zaha Hadid Architects

Patrik Schumacher's desk
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Patrik Schumacher is a director at Zaha Hadid Architects. He has worked for the practice since 1988

His completed projects include the Maxxi Centre of Contemporary Art & Architecture, Rome, which won the Stirling Prize in 2010, and one of the practice’s first completed constructions, the Vitra Fire Station (1992).

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  • Sebastian Cuff

    The desk is splendlidly non-parametric, what? He might even be able to do some work here. And the use of cardboard box in lieu of a table behind is rather in keeping with DC's austerity drive.

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  • Karl Duvall

    not a curve in sight......didn't expect that

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  • Is it part of the deal that you have to have a copy of "BD" lying casually on the table?

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  • Scott Dale

    Like every director I've ever worked for, there's no sight of a drawing anywhere near his desk.

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  • Freddie Ridley-Hampton

    Sacré bleu [that’s French]!! I say, not a cup of coffee in sight, au contraire [also French], only a miserable canister of coca cola!

    SC - It may not be parametric but that desk is made from a serious slab of finest pure white. Some chap I met the other day was telling me that apparently it required the crushed right hand bones of 200 part 2 students, triple filtered then epoxied together to make it! I told the chap that he we talking nonsense.

    I would have also assumed that this PS chappie would have a computer the size of a croquet lawn what with all the parametric tomfoolery he dazzles us with; perhaps it is far simpler than meets the eye? [Only kidding chaps!]

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  • Sebastian Cuff

    FRH, you are right to notice the altar of finest, pure white. Splendid material, pure solid white. And that chap you met was talking utter tosh, I must concur. Poor boy must have spent too much time swatting for his GCSE history.

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  • Am I wrong or are all the reader comments here taking the p*ss? I wonder why anything associated with La Diva Hadid attracts only ridicule from the rest of the profession ? Is it because her practice has become nothing more than an ice-cream factory?

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  • Karl Duvall

    My comments are not intended to offend, I simply thought that the desks within the practice would be sweeping and curvacious reflecting a large majority of the work that comes out of the practice...

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  • zecks_marquise

    i know ZH had to make cut backs but desks from ikea? http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20103605/

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  • Sebastian Cuff

    My comments are in awe at the splendid rectangularity of the desk. Like Duvall, I was expecting the interior of La Diva's palazzo [FRH, I'm trying to use as much Italian as possible here, hope others can understand] to be like her latest toiletti showroom, but packed with through the notte working Part II studenti.

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