Award-winning architect learning to make the most of advances in technology

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 May, 2012, 12:00am


The fifth Hong Kong International Art Fair opened its doors for a VIP preview on Wednesday evening, giving guests a chance to meet some renowned artists.

Plenty of women turned up in killer heels despite having to walk around the fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, with its 266 galleries.

Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid was one of the leading lights present. Hadid is in town as a guest of Galerie Gmurzynska, whose booth at the fair she designed. The gallery is displaying a collection of works by late Cuban surrealist Wifredo Lam.

Hadid said her design work was evolving to catch up with advances in technology. 'Now it's definitely more about fluidity,' she said. 'It was difficult 15 years ago to translate architecture into a liquid space. It was only the evolution of new technology that has allowed that to be realised.'

Going green was also on her design agenda.

'Everybody is now looking into how to reduce their carbon footprint and do things more economically and sustainably,' Hadid said. 'We are doing a pavilion in London made of fabrics. I can't say I'm an expert, but I'm interested in how things are developing.'

For aspiring creatives, Hadid said the key was nurturing an idea.

'You have to have an idea that you're very focused on. When I was studying, the most important thing was to generate an idea and develop it. Move on with it as it becomes more sophisticated over time.'

VIPs mingled with artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell at the Veuve Clicquot booth, and local artist Stanley Wong Ping-pui in the Absolut Vodka lounge.