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Zaha Hadid Architects

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Zaha Hadid. Photo by Simone Cecchetti

By Martin Søberg

Dame Zaha Hadid is the uncrowned queen of contemporary iconic architecture. Her buildings practically scream, "I'm a Hadid". A bona fide autrice, Hadid is without a doubt the world's most famous woman in a starchitect stratosphere strangely dominated by her masculine peers.

Since her student days in London at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid (born 1950) has been intensely preoccupied with changing our general notions of space - not only in a physical sense, but also socially and culturally. Hadid's projects are characterized by their dynamic formal qualities of sinuously, curving shapes, or crystallized strata. This sums up as a kind of new Baroque, a sensuous, more vibrant and engaging type of architecture.

Hadid's projects during the late 1970s and 1980s were marked by a profound understanding of early 20th  Century avant-garde artists and architects. In an attempt to redevelop and make relevant again the formal investigations of Russian Constructivism and Italian Futurism, her projects expressed utopian ideals.

Today, Zaha Hadid Architects create landmarks projects for all types of functional programs. Their buildings are never bland or mundane, but moreover assertive statements of a particular view, that the world may indeed look different. Their efforts have resulted in a staggering almost one thousand projects throughout the globe, in every scale, from urban design schemes to objects and furniture design.

Along with her strong conceptual and historical awareness, nature's forms and shapes appear as a recurrent source of inspiration for Zaha Hadid's architecture. It includes attention to physical contexts and landscapes, whether resulting in layered structures or powerful moving lines but also exploring possible interfaces between patterns and construction.

Zaha Hadid Architects embraced digital drawing early on. This has made the studio able to challenge traditional ways of making architecture. In collaboration with senior office partner Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid has meticulously explored the possibilities of parametric design, allowing for the conception and construction of architecture as seamless flows of energy and matter. Zaha Hadid is the 2004 Pritzker Prize laureate and winner of the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.

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April 23, 2014 /

Dongdaemun Design Plaza
Zaha Hadid Architects
Seoul, South Korea

The so-called 'creative industries' are what almost all major world cities want to be known for and base their future economy on. So, how does a city become a 'design city'? Mayors everywhere in the world are currently pondering this question. Oh Se-Hoon, the former mayor of Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, who preferred landmark construction projects over welfare programs, spent 450 million dollars on a fancy, sleek new building called the Dongdaemun Design Plaza - or DDP for short.

Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects in Baku, Azerbaijan.
February 12, 2014 /

Heydar Aliyev Center
Zaha Hadid Architects
Baku, Azerbaijan

Zaha Hadid Architects’ New Cultural Center in Azerbaijan Hovers on a Platform of Light, Like a Beacon of Advanced Design that Spans East and West.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects in London, United Kingdom. 
Serpentine Sackler Gallery © 2013 Luke Hayes
September 26, 2013 /

Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Zaha Hadid Architects
London, United Kingdom

A former gunpowder store of severe Palladianism transformed for public use and adorned with pavilion of curvy splendor. Distinction rather than architectural assimilation at Zaha Hadid Architects’ Serpentine Sackler Gallery, opening up the existing listed building towards the surrounding lushness of Kensington Gardens.

Antwerp Port Authority Headquarters by Zaha Hadid Architects in Antwerp, Belgium. 
Image © Zaha Hadid Architects
February 18, 2013 /

Antwerp Port Authority Headquarters
Zaha Hadid Architects
Antwerp, Belgium

The new Port Authority Headquarters - the future Port House - is located on the boundary between the city of Antwerp and its harbor.

Galaxy SOHO by Zaha Hadid Architects in Beijing, China. 
Exterior
Photo: Iwan Baan
January 07, 2013 /

Galaxy SOHO
Zaha Hadid Architects
Beijing, China

The Galaxy SOHO, inspired by the grand scale of Beijing, will become an integral part of the living city.

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. 
Photo: Paul Warchol
November 27, 2012 /

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum
Zaha Hadid Architects
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

The design of the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, located at the northern edge of the Michigan State University campus, is influenced by a set of movement paths that traverse and border the site.

Zaha Hadid Architects
Pierresvives
Montpellier, France
October 22, 2012 /

Pierresvives
Zaha Hadid Architects
Montpellier, France

The Pierresvives building unifies an archive, a library and a sports department within a single envelope.

Zaha Hadid - Rocca Gallery - Interior
April 02, 2012 /

Rocca London Gallery
Zaha Hadid Architects
London, United Kingdom

The design of the Rocca London Gallery brings about a connective language between the architecture and the bathroom products, with the movement of water "carving out" the interior and moving through the Gallery as individual drops

Zaha Hadid - Riverside Museum - Exterior
June 13, 2011 /

Riverside Museum
Zaha Hadid Architects
Glasgow, Scotland

The museum positions itself symbolically and functionally as open and fluid, engaging its context and content to ensure it is profoundly interlinked with not only Glasgow's history, but also its future.

Guangzhou Opera House by Zaha Hadid Architects in Guangzhou, China.
Exterior.
Photo: Iwan Baan
February 28, 2011 /

Guangzhou Opera House
Zaha Hadid Architects
Guangzhou, China

Overlooking the Pearl River the Guangzhou Opera House is at the heart of Guangzhou's cultural sites development.

Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects in London, United Kingdom. Exterior. Photo: Luke Hayes
November 22, 2010 /

Evelyn Grace Academy
Zaha Hadid Architects
London, United Kingdom

Zaha Hadid Architects' first completed project in England presents itself as an open, transparent and welcoming addition to the community's local urban regeneration process.

March 08, 2010 /

King Abdullah II: House of Culture & Art
Zaha Hadid Architects
Amman, Jordan

The architectural expression for the new performing arts centre by Zaha Hadid Architects was inspired by the uniquely beautiful monument of Petra.

MAXXI museum by Zaha Hadid Architects in Rome, Italy. Interior stairs
Photo © Roland Halbe
December 14, 2009 /

MAXXI Museum
Zaha Hadid Architects
Rome, Italy

The MAXXI is located in the Flaminio quarter of Rome, in the area of the former Montello military barracks. The complex houses two institutions: MAXXI Arte and MAXXI Architecture, aiming to promote art and architecture through collection, conservation, study and exhibition of contemporary works.

Photo © Joel Chester Fildes courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
November 30, 2009 /

JS Bach / Chamber Music Hall
Zaha Hadid Architects
Manchester, United Kingdom

The JS Bach Chamber Music Hall was first installed in the Manchester Art Gallery during the Summer 2009 Festival. The same pavilion will be at the Holland Festival in 2010.

Cairo Expo City by Zaha Hadid Architects in Cairo, Egypt.
Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
September 28, 2009 /

Cairo Expo City
Zaha Hadid Architects
Cairo, Egypt

Located between the centre of Cairo and the city's airport the design for Cairo Expo City delivers a unique facility for Cairo - state of the art city for exhibitions and conferences.

Lacoste Footwear Capsule Collection 
Photo courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
June 08, 2009 /

Lacoste Footwear Capsule Collection
Zaha Hadid Architects

The Zaha Hadid for Lacoste footwear collaboration began with a digitized interpretation of surfaces with repeated patterns.

Port House by Zaha Hadid Architects in Antwerp, Belgium.
Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
February 02, 2009 /

Port House
Zaha Hadid Architects
Antwerp, Belgium

The new Port House design consists of two entities: the existing Fire Station and a new crystalline volume lifted above the retained building.

Neil Barrett Store interior by Zaha Hadid Architects in Tokyo, Japan.
Photo: Virgile Simon Bertrand
November 17, 2008 /

Neil Barrett Store
Zaha Hadid Architects
Tokyo, Japan

The concept for the Neil Barrett flagship store in Tokyo is based on the minimal cut of the brand's fashion design and parallels its approach in using the same design parameters of fixed points, folding, pleating and cut outs.

Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects in Zaragoza, Spain.
Photo: Fernando Guerra / FG+SG
September 01, 2008 /

Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion
Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaragoza, Spain

The building's envelope plays an essential role in defining its relation to the surrounding environment and atmospheric variations.

Guggenheim Hermitage Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects in Vilnius, Lithuania. 
Photo courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
June 23, 2008 /

Guggenheim Hermitage Museum
Zaha Hadid Architects
Vilnius, Lithuania

The new museum and cultural center will house pieces from collections of both the New York based Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the St. Petersburg based State Hermitage Museum.

Nordpark Cable Railway Congress Station by Zaha Hadid Architects in Innsbruck, Austria.
Photo: Thomas Mayer
January 14, 2008 /

Nordpark Cable Railway
Zaha Hadid Architects
Innsbruck, Austria

The 1.8 km long Nordpark Cable Railway, comprised of four new stations and a cable-stayed suspension bridge over the river Inn, takes you from the center of Innsbruck to the top of the mountain in less than half an hour.

Metapolis II performance Zaha Hadid Architects in New York, New York, USA.
Photo courtesy Lincoln Center
July 02, 2007 /

Metapolis II
Zaha Hadid Architects
New York, New York, USA

As a part of Lincoln Center Festival Zaha Hadid has collaborated with Frédéric Flamand, director of the Ballet National de Marseille, on the creation of the piece "Metapolis II." The third of a series of reflections on the contemporary city.

Kartal – Pendik Masterplan by Zaha Hadid Architects in Istanbul, Turkey.
Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
June 04, 2007 /

Kartal – Pendik Masterplan
Zaha Hadid Architects
Istanbul, Turkey

The Kartal - Pendik Masterplan is a winning competition proposal for a new city centre on the east bank of Istanbul.

Cagliari Contemporary Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects in Cagliari, Italy.
Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
May 14, 2007 /

Cagliari Contemporary Arts Centre
Zaha Hadid Architects
Cagliari, Italy

The aim of the project was to create a node of cultural exchanges that simultaneously will serve as a landmark announcing the arrival to Cagliari from the sea, and answer the five challenges proposed by the brief.

BMW Plant by Zaha Hadid Architects in Leipzig, Germany. Exterior view.
Photo © Thomas Mayer
January 16, 2006 /

BMW Plant
Zaha Hadid Architects
Leipzig, Germany

The Central Building is the active nerve-centre or brain of the whole BMW factory complex. All threads of the building's activities gather together and branch out again from here.

Ordrupgaard Museum Extension by Zaha Hadid Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark. Exterior landscape
Photo: arcspace
September 05, 2005 /

Ordrupgaard Museum Extension
Zaha Hadid Architects
Copenhagen, Denmark

The design is based on Zaha Hadid's personal interpretation of the surrounding landscape and the relationship to the original building.

Phaeno Science Center by Zaha Hadid Architects in Wolfsburg, Germany. Exterior
Photo @Thomas Mayer
March 03, 2005 /

Phaeno Science Center
Zaha Hadid Architects
Wolfsburg, Germany

Located in the center of Wolfsburg, on the ICE rail line, the Science Center is set both as the endpoint of a chain of important cultural buildings, by Aalto, Scharoun and Schweger, and as a connecting link to the north bank of the Mittelland Kanal - the Volkswagen plant and the Autostadt.

EuskoTren Headquarters by Zaha Hadid Architects in Durango, Spain. model
Image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
May 25, 2004 /

EuskoTren Headquarters
Zaha Hadid Architects
Durango, Spain

Zaha Hadid Architects won the International Competition for the Design of the New EuskoTren Headquarters in Durango, Spain.

Zaha Hadid - Bergisel Ski Jump - Top
July 09, 2003 /

Bergisel Ski Jump 2002
Zaha Hadid Architects
Bergisel Mountain, Austria

The ski jump is part of a larger refurbishment project for the Olympic Arena and has replaced the old ski jump, which no longer met with International standards.

Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) by Zaha Hadid Architects in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Image courtesy Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)
March 26, 2003 /

Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)
Zaha Hadid Architects
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

With the move to this dynamic new building, the first free-standing home for the Center's pioneering programming, the CAC will become one of the most centrally located contemporary arts institutions in the USA.

March 18, 2002 /

Temporary Guggenheim Museum
Zaha Hadid Architects
Tokyo, Japan

The 116 m2 structure will be a ten-year intervention into a dynamic area of Odasiba Island. The temporary Guggenheim will be a trend setter in terms of the architectural identity of the area.

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