Zaha Hadid Architects’ 3D Printed Hat Tops the Crowd

06.18.18 | By
Zaha Hadid Architects’ 3D Printed Hat Tops the Crowd

Last week’s High Line Hat Party gleefully advertised itself as a “clothing optional, hats required” fashion-forward soiree – the sort of fashionably festive Gotham social event where participants feel compelled to put on a show. Though we didn’t attend, we’re crowning the sweeping fluidity of Zaha Hadid Architects‘ 3D-printed H-Line Hat as “best in show”.

Mirroring the undulating interlocking chevrons of Zaha Hadid Architects’ 520 West 28th’s steel facade, the H-Line looks particularly inspired by the architecture when placed upon a surface.

The complex computer-aided weaves and waves characteristic of the late architect Zaha Hadid’s work is on full display in hat form, a fashionable reference to the sweeping steel facade of the firm’s recently completed 11-story 520 West 28th luxury condo development – the lone NYC project attributed to the late architect, Zaha Hadid. ZHA director Patrik Schumacher’s 3D-printed nylon hat takes on some of the same curvature of the inspiring architecture, swept up dramatically and flourished with an electric blue across its brim.

The H-Line Hat joins a handful of other hat designs (one nearly as architecturally aspirational), each special edition inspired by New York’s 1.45-mile-long elevated greenway and auctioned by the non-profit Friends of the High Line for fundraising purposes, though none as majestically impressive as the blue and white 3D spectacle of Zaha Hadid Architects.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at