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Remembering Zaha Hadid : Her Greatest 5 Buildings

posted by WayHan April 1, 2016 2,163 Comments

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“You can’t teach architecture. You can only inspire people”

My favourite quote from the world’s best female architect and the only female to win the coveted Pritzker Price in an industry dominated by the opposite gender. They say the good die young and at aged 65, she is gone way too soon. When I first read the news, I thought if this is an April Fool’s joke, it is one with very bad taste.

But she is indeed gone. But not without leaving the world her legacy and even the non creatives know who she is. Devoting almost her entire life to the world of architecture, she was the industry’s game changer and an inspiration to so many. Her presence and contribution was a beacon of hope for so many aspiring creatives.

Today the world of design mourns the loss of a great icon, in remembering her, we feature 5 of Zaha Hadid’s architectural wizardry.

Vitra fire station, Weil am Rhein (1994)

Vitra fire station, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Weil am Rhein, Germany Photograph: LOOK Die Bildagentur der Fotogra/Alam

Hadid’s first completed project – a complex construction of tilted and clashing planes – looks very different from her later, organic designs.

Bridge Pavilion, Zaragoza (2008)

Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion. Photograph: Zaha Hadid Architects

Inspired by gladioli and the waterway beneath it, Hadid’s first completed bridge throws 280 metres of fibre-glass reinforced concrete across the river Ebro. Half pedestrian walkway, half exhibition area, the covered structure was built to link the La Almozara neighbourhood to the site of the 2008 Zaragoza Expo. (I have souvenir from this Expo! 🙂 )

Guangzhou opera house, Guangzhou (2010)

Guangzhou opera house, China. Photograph: Dan Chung for the Guardian

“Like pebbles in a stream smoothed by erosion,” was how Hadid herself described this £130m building, which was designed to blend in perfectly with its riverside setting.

Heydar Aliyev cultural center, Baku (2012)

Heydar Aliyev centre, Baku, Azerbaijan. Photograph: Zaha Hadid architects

“As pure and sexy as Marilyn’s blown skirt”

Personally, this project is top on my list as it showcased how a completed project can be so close to the original concept. One of, if not, Zaha Hadid’s best architectural feat.

Galaxy Soho, Beijing (2012)

Galaxy Soho, Beijing, China. Photograph: Rex/View Pictures

Possibly the most space-age-looking of all Hadid’s works, this spooling creation comprises four domed structures linked by a ravishing mixture of bridges and platforms flowing around what can only be called a central canyon.

Sadly, her brilliant design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Statdium will never see the light of day. It would have been another spectacular icon for the world to see.

Our hearts go out to family and friends affected this loss.

“He, who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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