Lady Gaga is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, she worked as a songwriter before breakthrough with her electropop album, “The Fame” and rose steadily with her follow up albums, “Born This Way” and “ Artpop ”. She is considered as one of the most popular artists of the 2010s with her eccentric and over the top fashion sense, wacky stage theatrics, flamboyant performances and provocative lyrics.
Lady Gaga is famous for reinventing herself with every new album and calls this process a liberating experience. Alongside changing her vocal style regularly, she has worked on tracks ranging from R&B, rock, blues, country, pop and EDM. Other than her musical pursuits, she has worked in theater and acted in numerous movies. An ardent follower of Andy Warhol, she has her own creative team modeled after Andy Warhol’s factory called “Haus of Gaga” which handles the clothing, props, stage sets and make up for her live performance and other visual representations of her work. Stefani has also collaborated with designers like Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Lauren, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Agent Provocateur, Tom ford and Thierry Mugler.
Her art work is inspired from major contemporary artists like Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, David Bowie and she has worked alongside with Jeff Koons too on her album cover of “ArtPop” This brings us to the major question “What if Lady Gaga was an architect?”.
Dame Zaha Hadid is widely considered as the “Lady Gaga” of architects, in my opinion even though have a similar edgy design philosophy, the color palette adopted by Hadid is monochromatic in nature. The design philosophy of Stefani can be compared to that of a mix of Rem Koolhaas with Frank Gehry with a tinge of Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol thrown in the mix. I can envision her designing over the top controversial designs laced with flamboyant shades of neon pink and orange. Imagine Biomuseo, Panama City which was designed by Frank Gehry but instead of primary colors dominating the building, neon colors replacing it and encrusted with crystals and iridescent steel sheets.
Her specialty would be public vistas and range from pavilions to sets to theaters and museums. Comparably to Hadid, Gaga would also have dabbled in eccentric and controversial clothing and footwear range and pursue a tryst with furniture design collaborating with Vitra Furniture company.
Her designs will be dominated by bright flashy color undertones with facades flanked with bright shiny chrome steel with Corten sheets. Her design would follow form over function but subtly making sure the function is retained perfectly and the emphasis will be on dynamic structures and elements of the building also while employing some nature elements like water or fire defining the entrance or the vistas. A strong advocate of humanitarian beliefs, her designs would also be sustainable and green in nature. Stefani has already dabbled in other forms of art and hopefully it’s maybe a matter of time we see her behind the drafting board and alongside the “Haus of Gaga” we might see a building or pavilion designed by her.