Architect experiments with pre-cast concrete moulding techniques in Urban Nebula sculpture

Architect Zaha Hadid has unveiled this new art work as the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Urban Nebula, which was created for London Design Week, is a pre-cast concrete structure created using the latest machine moulding techniques.

Hadid's aim was to turn what is traditionally seen as an inert material into something more fluid.

Commenting on the work Hadid said: “New manufacturing processes play an important role in the architectural language of fluidity and porosity evident in our work, and an essential element in the sculptural sensuality of the piece.”

The architect said the combination of traditional repetitive pre-cast moulding techniques and computer technology meant variations could be applied to each component.

The sculpture can be seen on the Royal Festival Hall terrace until October 13.