A look at the impact this experimental architect has had on architecture
Dame Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-British architect and was widely regarded as “the greatest female architect in contemporary architecture”. In 2004 she was the first woman to be given the Pritzker Architecture prize, an award that honors architects who demonstrate vision, talent and consistent contributions to the environment. She also won the UK's top architecture award, the Stirling Prize, once in 2010 and then again in 2011.
While Hadid had a successful practice for decades, it took the architect years to turn her drawings into physical forms with many disregarding her designs as pure fantasy. With perseverance though, she soon became known by many as the “queen of the curve”, never compromising on her ideas. Though Hadid didn’t subscribe to one school of thought when it came to her designs, many have attributed her style of architecture to movements including Deconstructivism, Parametricism and Abstraction. It's clear the architect had a tendency to play with the geometry of buildings, having once said about her projects: “The idea is not to have any 90-degree angles”.
Hadid died in 2016 from a heart attack at 65, and she left behind her practice, Zaha Hadid Architects, as well as a legacy of buildings that add intrigue, awe and wonder to the skylines of cities all over the world. Here we go on a virtual tour to discover some of Hadid’s best-known works and the buildings that shaped her career.
1. Vitra Fire Station, Weil-am-Rhein, Germany
2. Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck, Austria
3. Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany
4. Bridge Pavilion, Zaragoza, Spain
5. Guangzhou Opera House, China
6. Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Scotland
7. London Aquatics Centre, London, United Kingdom
8. Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
9. Galaxy Soho, Beijing, China
10. Port Authority, Antwerp, Belgium