Zaha Hadid in Central Park

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By Jamie Waugh
In time for the Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Week is London-based architect Zaha Hadid's collaboration with Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld to design a pavilion that explores just what it would feel like to stand inside nothing other than a Chanel bag.

The 2,300-square-foot structure, called the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion, is assembled from 700 components to form a 20-foot-tall, 95-foot-wide pavilion that wraps around and around a central court illuminated by a translucent plastic skylight. It follows in Hadid's traditional adherence to organic curvatures; Hadid explains it as a torus, or the circular geometry found in nautilus shells.

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The exhibit takes place in Central Park, the sole American venue for the traveling international exhibition Mobile Art. It will be open and free to the public from October 20-November 9, 2008.