Queen of futuristic architects – Zaha Hadid, who was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)’s Gold Medal in 2016, has sadly passed away on Thursday, 31 March 2016 in the age of 65 following heart attack. As one of the greatest architects, she had created many remarkable architectures around the world. And her firm will continue creating more designs, reflecting her identity. But before that time, below is a list of her 10 notable architecture designs from 10 different countries that should be reviewed.
1. Vitra Fire Station (Weil am Rhein, Germany)
1990 – 1993
Vitro Fire Station is Zaha Hadid’s first built architecture that represents a ‘moment frozen’ – an ‘alert’ structure through linear layered series of wall, creating interplay of space, void and line.
2. MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome, Italy)
1998 – 2009
MAXXI introduces the dynamic and spacious circulation through its curved concrete system and suspended black staircases.
3. Guangzhou Opera House (Guangzhou, China)
2003 – 2010
The design of Guangzhou Opera House is composed of contoured profile, unique twin boulder design and approach promenade that enhances urban function linked to the access of the riverside and dock areas.
4. London Aquatics Centre (London, United Kingdom)
2005 – 2011
A design concept of London Aquatics Center is inspired by the motion of water which creates space and surrounding environments align with the river landscape of the Olympic Park.
5. Heydar Aliyev Centre (The Republic of Azerbaijan)
2007 – 2012
Heydar Aliyev Centre is the primary building for nation’s cultural programs. Instead of designing a building align with the existing rigid Soviet architecture, the center expresses the sense of Azeri culture and the futuristic aspect of a nation.
6. Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum (East Lansing, USA)
2007 – 2012
A series of folding planes directionally composed all over the facade of Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum creates solid, directed and sharp characteristics with an ever-changing appearance that increases curiosity.
7. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (Seoul, South Korea)
2007 – 2013
The DDP, located in Dongdaemun, is a cultural hub where everyone can exchange and discover ideas, new technologies and medias. It consists of Art/Exhibition Halls, Conference Hall, Design Museum/Exhibition Hall/Pathway, Design Labs & Academy Hall, Media Centre, Seminar Rooms and Designers Lounge, Design Market that open 24 hours a day.
8. Jockey Club Innovation Tower (Hong Kong)
2007 – 2014
Jockey Club Innovation Tower (JCIT) is a 15-story building homed to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) School of Design and the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. A signature building’s skin design – a twisting and rippled glazing of ribbon windows and folded overhands make this tower outstanding from every angle.
9. Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Skirama Kronplatz/Plan de Conrones)
2013 – 2015
Messner Mountain Museum Corones is located in the hilltop of Mount Kronplatz (2,275m above sea level) surrounded by breathtaking scenery of alpine peaks of the Zillertal, Ortler and Dolomites.
Photos courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects