“I don’t think architecture is only about shelter; it should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think” said Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-British architect, who passed away on 31st of March at the age of 65 in Miami. An inspiration for many, she was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, winning it in 2004. She received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in her own right.
Zaha’s first completed project – Vitra fire station, Germany
Her breakthrough moment came in 1993 with the Vitra Fire Station in Germany. Early on, Ms. Hadid earned a reputation for her audacious plans — even though her designs went unbuilt for many years.Her first major completed work was this fire station on the campus of the furniture manufacturer Vitra in Weil am Rhein, Germany.
London aquatics center for the 2012 Olympic Games
She was named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine in its 2010 TIME 100 issue. In 2015, TIME interviewed the TIME 100 alumna about the future of architecture. Hadid said she pictured a world in which architects pursued riskier and more creative designs.
The remarkable Galaxy Soho by Hadid in Beijing
Dame Zaha Hadid is best known for her signature style of swooping and curving forms, radical geometries, and fragmented spatial layering. Beyond a mere aesthetic code, Hadid’s designs pushed the structural and technological possibilities of architecture to the limit, demonstrating an unparalleled mastery of both the parametric tools becoming available to architects and a monumental iconography essential to truly great buildings.
Guangzhou Opera House, China by Zaha Hadid
Hadid’s buildings have been commissioned around the world; her designs include the London aquatics center for the 2012 Olympic Games, the Galaxy Soho in Beijing, and the Rosenthal Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati.
Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome
Though many of her works went unbuilt, we thankfully have a number of beautifully executed projects across the globe with which to remember her by. In the wake of her passing and to pay tribute to her “larger than life” creations and personality we’ve gathered together some of her remarkable projects. While the world will sorely miss Zaha Hadid and her contributions to architecture, we can celebrate her life and career by turning into her most loved buildings!
Contemporary arts center in Cincinnati, Ohio
Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan
Innovation Tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Eli Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects
One Thousand Museum in Miami, FL, United States
Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain
BMW Plant in Leipzig Germany by Zaha Hadid
CMA CGM Tower in Marseille, France by Zaha Hadid Architects
Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar by Zaha Hadid