Zaha Hadid failed to consider Moby’s emotional needs

Moby (credit: Uncensored Interview via Wiki Commons) Zaha Hadid's Madrid Hotel and Zaha Hadid
Moby (credit: Uncensored Interview via Wiki Commons) Zaha Hadid’s Madrid Hotel and Zaha Hadid

Whether you’re Howard Roark or Frank Gehry, starchitecture can be a thankless job. Our brave designer overlords have to put up with every manner of naysayer and philistine. Outside the Koons-collecting High Line set, it can seem like nobody understands why a building needs a two dozen indoor-outdoor wading pools, or a spaceship exterior.

Now the ghost of starchitect par excellence, Zaha Hadid, has a new foe – the multi-platinum selling musician and vegan, Moby.

Moby is dabbling in the design game himself, having just lent his aesthetic two cents to a new Los Angeles restaurant. That seems to have got him thinking about architecture in general, and in a recent interview with CLAD (news for leisure architects, designers, investors and developers) he had some harsh words for the late great Iraqi-born British architect.

“I had a couple of nights in Madrid staying in a hotel room that Zaha Hadid Architects had designed,” he told CLAD. “It looked amazing, but was the least comfortable space I’ve ever inhabited. There was nothing soft in there. Everything was moulded plastic, which photographed nicely but wasn’t designed for humans.

“Literally sleeping in a dumpster would have been more comfortable.”

So what does Moby think Hadid’s London-based firm should do about it?

“The criteria by which design should be judged is ‘does it make people happy?’ You have to consider their practical and emotional needs.”

Zaha Hadid Architects! Are you making Moby happy? Are you considering his needs? Have you thought about what materials best reflect from his silkily smooth scalp? No? Tsk. Tsk. We need you to try harder. [CLAD]

  • M.

    Zaha Hadid’s architecture sucked. It was made only with the glossy magazines in mind.

    Why you gotta rob Moby’s opinion of its legitimacy, Chris Cameron? Who died and made you mother?

  • mxthree

    Thank you, Mr. Cameron, for introducing me to this genuinely fair and informative critique of Zaha Hadid.

    While I’m sorry to say that I find Moby’s words more productive than your commentary, I will at least concede your dismissive snark is great example of how, in your words, “brave designer overlords have to put up with every manner of naysayer and philistine”.

  • N. Flagrante

    He wanted a hotel room that wasn’t extremely uncomfortable – what an unreasonable priss!

  • FmrExperience

    Someone makes a well reasoned critique outside of the architecture circles for which you suck up to. Whaaaa!