History Lesson: Zaha Hadid

This history lesson is in honor of Zaha Hadid who recently passed, a very influential architect who left quite an impact on the world and the world of design.

“Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, (31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016) was an Iraqi-born British architect. She was the first woman and the first Muslim to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, winning it in 2004. She received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in her own right.”  — Wikipedia

Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan (2013)

“There is no single Hadid style, although one can detect a watermark in her buildings’ futuristic smoothness. Certain themes carry through her use of materials (glass, steel, concrete), her lines (corridors often trace flowing arabesque shapes, while roof struts make sharp Z-shaped angles), her structures (she favors column-free spaces), and her sculptural interiors and asymmetric façades. In all her work, Hadid is concerned with movement and speed—both the way people will move through the buildings and the way a sight line travels through light and shadow. Her exteriors seem to be shaped by the movement inside and around them, rather than by some predetermined notion of external form.” — John Seabrook, The Newyorker

Check out more of her fantastic work!

Soho Gallery in Beijing, China (2012)

Dongdaeumun Design Plaza in Seoul, South Korea

Jockey Club Innovation Tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London.

London Aquatic Centre

Messner Mountain Museum Corones in Italy.

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