Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid studied from Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. During which she made a huge impression on her tutor Rem Koolhaas, a Dutch architect. They soon began working together in the 70’s, and in the 80’s Hadid, opened her very own practice.
Her reputation and mind blowing, talent landed her at number 69 in 2008 on a list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list published by Forbes. You can easily identify her projects, as they have a personal stamp on them. Their asymmetric designs, bold shapes, contours, crystal effect, and curves were her way to marking a building in her name. She was the first Muslim women to win the Pritzker Prize, an architecture award.
She was, is, and will be a great inspiration to many designers. Her talents were not limited to building design, as she also designed shoes, furniture, jewelry, fittings, chandeliers, interiors, and she was even a painter. From the sin of Azerbaijan to the clouds of Glasgow, here are her top ten best buildings.
1. Montpellier, France.
Pierresvives, a building that truly unifies the library, sports, and archive; three different departments all identified in one architecture plan. This is no doubt one of Zaha Hadid’s greatest triumphs. The geometric and concrete qualities of this building capture the library, and archives aspect, and the lunging image ties in the sports aspect beautifully.
2. Seoul, the Republic of Korea.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza is a curving structure that shows a powerful image; which is not noted as a landmark in Seoul. You can see as the beautiful building design can be called a sister of Riverside Museum in Glasgow. They both have dynamic lines which feature lights, but unlike the Riverside, it has no sharp angles. It is smooth, soft, and curvy.
3. Rome, Italy.
Maxxi National Museum of the 21st century Arts is known as a multifaceted space specially dedicated to “innovation and experimentation in architecture”. This building won the RIBA stirling Prize for Architecture in 2010, and since then it is known as Zaha Hadid’s finest built.
Heydar Aliyev Center, is her most renowned work a 619’000 square feet of brilliance. It features a large conference hall, a museum and a gallery. In 2012 it was featured on a stamp, and became a way to symbolise Azerbaijan.
5. Innsbruck, Tyrol
Hungerburgbahn, is a functional railway station in Tyrol western Australia. All four stations were designed by Zaha Hadid, and gives a cloud like feeling. There is something that catches your eyes, it might be the dynamic curves, or its glossy white surface. Whichever one it is for you, it is definitely a stunner.
6. Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.
We all know that opera houses have represented a contemporary architectural style for decades. No matter where in the world you look, you will find just one exception, the Guangzhou Opera House. You can see the opera house beautifully rise from the urban streets, like the crystalline rock. Its angular glass, steel, concrete and sharpness hide its rippling interior design.
7. Wolfsburg, Germany.
Phaeno Science Centre, can be described in just two words “timeless” & “Stunning”. Also referred to as the hypnotic work of architecture by Zaha Hadid.
8. Copenhagen, Denmark.
Ordrupgaard Extension, is the perfect example of listening to your environment. She studied the surrounding landscapes and created a perfect balance.
Vitra Fire Station, was crippled in 1981; and a decade later Hahid was asked to ensure that never happened again. It was completed in 1993, and is a small building but it puts her mark on the world.
10. Scotland, UK
The Riverside Museum, alongside the river in Glasgow. Is undoubtedly the most beautiful British building done by Hadid.