Zaha Hadid was widely regarded to be one of the greatest female architects in the world. In 2004, she became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize and she twice won the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, the RIBA Stirling Prize.
Working with office partner Patrik Schumacher, her interest was in the interface between architecture, landscape, and geology; which her practice integrates with the use of innovative technologies often resulting in unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.
Born in Baghdad in 1950, she studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before starting her architectural journey in 1972 at the Architectural Association in London. On March 31st 2016 Zaha Hadid has died aged 65, following a sudden heart attack.
Zaha Hadid’s death is a great loss for architecture. And as you can see in the following images, her work was visionary, original and had (and still has) its own organic and futuristic style, demonstrating a unique fluidity of motion.
Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany. Photo credit: Christian Richters
Pierres vives ZHA, Montpellier, France. Photo credit: ZHA
Phaeno Science Centre, Wolfsburg, Germany. Photo credit: Werner Huthmacher
Nordpark Railway Stations, Innsbruck. Photo credit: Werner Hutmacher
London Aquatics Centre. Photo credit: Hufton+Crow
Galaxy Soho, Beijing. Photo credit: Hufton + Crow
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. Photo credit: Roland Halbe
DDP, Seoul. Photo credit: Virgile Simon Bertrand
Jockey Club Innovation Tower, at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photo credit: Doublespace
Evelyn Grace Academy, London. Photo credit: Luke Hayes
BMW Central Building, Leipzig. Photo credit: Helene Binet
Guangzhou Oprea House, Guangzhou. Photo credit: Virgile Simon Bertrand
MAXXI Museum of XXI Century Art, Rome. Photo credit: Iwan Baan
Messner Mountain Museum Corones. Photo credit: Inexhibit
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London. Photo credit: Luke Hayes
featured image: Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku. Photo credit: Hufton+Crow
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