Zaha Hadid stood out for her own characteristic vision of the future. An architect always with an eye on tomorrow, her works, concepts and projects showcased futuristic creations from the architectural trend of deconstructivism, creating huge milestones made of concrete. On March 31st, 2016, the heart of the British-Iraqi architect stopped, but it is encouraging to know that her works will outlive us and will be a constant souce of inspiration for the next generations. Hadid is the most renowned architect woman in history, with many awards including the Pritzker Prize (2004, being the first woman to receive it) or the Mies van der Rohe (2003). An essence to which we pay tribute in this post, highlighting some of her most impressive projects:
Guangzhou Opera House – Guangzhou (China)
This spectacular building is in perfect harmony with the Pearl River that crosses the city, linking the economic and cultural life of one of the largest cities in China. An auditorium for 1,800 people is designed to host concerts and opera and its external and internal forms are a real spectacle of geometric figures in white and gray colors.
Jockey Club Innovation Tower – Hong Kong
Opened in 2014, this space represents the dynamism of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University educational institution, with 50 years of history. Its inclined façade simulates movement in a game between white and glass, providing a provocative image and Zaha Hadid ´s characteristic look at the future.
Messner Mountain Museum Corones – Trentino (Italy)
One of Zaha Hadid´s most unique projects is undoubtedly this cultural center on the slope of Mount Kronplatz in the italian region of Bolzano, overlooking the Dolomites. Opened in 2003, it houses a cultural and recreational center in this tourist resort in the Alps.
CitylifeMilano – Milán (Italy)
CityLifeMilano´s seven curved buildings, with heights from five to thirteen floors, are a good example of the British-Iraqi´s particular conception of architecture. With a twisting motion in the curved balconies and the rooftop profiles, the construction was made between 2009 and 2013 to compose one of the most luxurious and comfortable complex in Milano.
Maritime Terminal – Salerno (Italy)
Zaha Hadid won the international competition to design of the new Maritime terminal in the Italian port of Salerno in 2000, a project that finally opened just a few weeks ago. The new maritime terminal connects Salerno ´s rich maritime traditions with its historic urban fabric. A oyster-shaped building conceived with a shell that protects passengers in the dock from the solar impact.
NürnbergMesse Hall 3C – Nuremberg (Germany)
The congress and exhibition pavillion of the German city of Nuremberg will also feature the signature of her architecture Studio with a design whose exterior joins a new futuristic vision with the hexagonal grid with the classic exhibition space of the pavilions. With a budget of 70 million euros, it will be opened in 2018.