The Iraqi-British Zaha Hadid became famous for her intensely futuristic architecture art characterized by curving façades, sharp angles, and severe materials such as concrete and steel. After the designer’s death, her modern design studio, Zaha Hadid Studio continued carrying on her legacy left behind and produced some of the most amazing modern architecture projects in history.
Michigan State University’s campus was never the same after Zaha Hadid completed her modern design for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Opened in 2012, the contemporary art museum appears frozen in motion.
Capital Hill Residence was Zaha Hadid‘s only private residential design. Located in a forest near Moscow, the $140 million project is half-submerged into the ground.
The modern design structures she designed successfully accomplished what mystifies so many when they observe great architecture design: She took the strongest materials in the world and manipulated them to form objects that appear soft and sturdy at the same time.
Clad in reinforced concrete and polyester, the 619,000-square-foot Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan, is known for its swooping façade.
Over the last two decades, Zaha Hadid‘s work has been honored by a long list of awards: In 2004 she was the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Prize; in 2010 and 2011 she received the Stirling Prize, a British decoration for excellence in architecture; in 2014 her Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, like an undulating sheet of graph paper, won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award; and in 2016 she became the first woman to win the RIBA Gold Medal.
The Guangzhou Opera House in China’s Guangdong province is shaped to resemble two pebbles on the bank of the Pearl River. The interior of the shimmering main auditorium is lined with panels of gypsum molded-in flowing, organic shapes and lit with thousands of tiny lights that resemble stars in the night sky.
Galaxy Soho, retail, office, and entertainment complex in Beijing comprise four spherical structures clad in aluminum and stone that are bound together by pedestrian bridges.
Hadid’s architecture projects, many of which transform depending on the viewer’s perspective, turn architectural convention on its head. The world lost a true visionary in 2016 when the 65-year-old Zaha Hadid died unexpectedly in a Miami hospital.
The concrete-and-glass Pierres Vives building in Montpellier, France, will house three government departments.
The luxury residential tower’s facade design may seem superfluous but is actually a structural necessity. Zaha Hadid’s curvilinear style takes structural supports usually found within walls and moves them to the outside of the glass.