She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Award in 2004 and the Royal Gold Medal in 2015. Zaha Hadid also received one of UK’s most esteemed award the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. She was made Dame by (HRH) Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for services to Architecture. Rightfully receiving the dubbing of ‘’Queen of the Curve” by fans, friends, clients and well-wishers.
An icon of neo-futurism, Architect Zaha Hadid was truly at the vanguard in contemporary world architecture in the late 20th century. Her strikingly unique take on design, structure and shapes that collectively push the envelope in just the right amount, serve as a distinctive set of elements of her vision and signature style.
From trendsetting sky-scrappers to magnificent libraries, galleries, opera houses, science centres and a multitude of architectural wonders. Here are five inspiring projects successfully carried out by Zaha Hadid who passed away in March 2016. She’s truly an inspiration of a life well lived, a career well accomplished and an individual that has motivated so very many.
Sleek and minimal yet strikingly artistic is what one gathers from the gallery of Galaxy Soho in Beijing. An impressive structure that represents architecture in a futuristic way. Exuding softness and fluidity which are some of the reasons for its inviting essence that few seem to escape from. With a towering height and shapes that give an illusion of movement, makes this one of the best works of Zaha Hadid.
Roca London Gallery
Another stroke of genius credited to Zaha, is the Roca London Gallery that possesses a kaleidoscopic essence that translates well into the interior. The use of curves that move with synchronization thus giving out a softness and elegance that reaffirms the architect’s own vision and signature style, makes this one a true architectural wonder.
The Dancing Towers are uniquely designed to add a subtle element of humour to the architect’s aesthetic sense. Translating a futuristic factor within the design and detail of this mega-structure situated in Dubai. Sleek, minimalist, modern yet futuristic, this is truly an architectural ingenuity.
The University of Economics and Business in Vienna is more than just another institution of learning. It possesses an eye-catching, space-age quality that identifies well with anything from a space shuttle to a time-capsule that moves through the different periods of time pushing the limits of design and décor making this a true blue architectural wonder.
The Spiral Tower in Barcelona is another one of the many architectural achievements of Zaha Hadid. The sleek, futuristic shapes, minimalist design and towering height that makes this structure as intriguingly awesome as the design and detailing that render it a true innovation of a legendary visionary.
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