Nemisis of Legacy: British architect Zaha Hadid passes away
We know her as one of our century’s biggest architects. Dame Zaha Hadid built captivating architectural masterpieces like the London Olympic Aquatic Centre. Her works are present worldwide including Hong Kong, Germany and Azerbaijan. Fondly called the ‘Queen of the curve’ died at age 65 following a sudden heart attack on Thursday in a Miami hospital. Reportedly, she was being treated for bronchitis in Miami as noted by BBC.
Hadid’s method of using technology to adapt drawings by hand was a signature part of her work. She quickly became a greater mathematical mind with professional resilience. She established her London practice, Zaha Hadid Architects in 1979 just seven years after finishing at the Architectural Association. In 1993, her work on the Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany gave her the global fame.
In 2004, she became the first woman to win both the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal, which she bagged in 2015 — two of the biggest architecture awards in the sector.
An Architect never dies one supposes. They live within us through their legacy. Here are some monuments that Zaha Hadid left behind for us to celebrate her memory.
The London Olympic Aquatic Centre
The Aquatics Centre built for London in 2012 is famous as one of Hadid’s best-known buildings
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan
In 2014, for the Heydar Aliyev Centre, which she designed in Baku, Azerbaijan, Zaha Hadid won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award. She was also the first woman to win the top prize in that competition.
The Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany
In 1993, her first major commission to be constructed was the Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany, gave her the deserved fame.
MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, Italy
In 2010 she won the Riba Stirling Prize for the Maxxi Museum in Rome, winning again in 2011 for the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, England
The Riverside Museum at Glasgow’s Museum of Transport
Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, China
Ohh…Aren’t they beautiful!!