Great Images of Renowned Architect Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid

Architect Zaha Hadid is known for  her modern, curving designs, like the aquatics center she conceived for the 2012  London Olympic Games. Hadid, who became the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (the Nobel Prize of her field) in 2004, has  designed everything from a metro station in Saudi Arabia to a city center in downtown Belgrade. But until now, she’s never been  commissioned to design a building in New York City. Today, developer Related revealed renderings for an 11-story condominium Hadid  designed near Manhattan’s posh High Line park. The boutique condo will be made  of steel and glass, and incorporate a chevron pattern. The apartment exemplifies Hadid’s  aesthetic, from the flowing curves to the freeform shape.

Completed in 2003, the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati  was Hadid’s first project in the United States. It was a huge critical success.



After the success of the Rosenthal Center, Hadid was hired for several other  projects. The BMW Central Building in Leipzing, Germany was among the first. It  was completed in May 2005.



And she designed the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany, which was  also completed in 2005. The New York Times called it “the kind of building that  utterly transforms our vision of the future.”



She designed the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain as one of the main  landmarks for Expo 2008. The 919-foot covered bridge spans the River Ebro.



She designed the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain as one of the main  landmarks for Expo 2008. The 919-foot covered bridge spans the River Ebro.

In 2010, Hadid designed MAXXI, the National Center for Contemporary Arts in  Rome. It is one of Hadid’s most praised works, and it won the Stirling award in  2010.



Hadid was commissioned to build the aquatics center in London before the  city even won the bid for the 2012 games. It has two 50-meter pools and a diving  pool.



Hadid is building a home for supermodel Naomi Campbell, commissioned by her  billionaire fiancee Vladislav Doronin. The home, known as The Capital Hill  Residence, looks like a spaceship and has a floor suspended 65 feet above the  ground.


She also designed Wangjing SoHo, an office and retail space on the outskirts  of Beijing. It’s allegedly being copied by “pirate architects” on the island of  Chongqing.



In late 2012, Hadid unveiled plans for the zany Beko building in downtown  Belgrade. It’s slated to be a city center with residential, retail, and  commercial space.



Completed in May 2012, the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center in Baku,  Azerbaijan, serves as a library, museum, and a conference center.



In London, Hadid is working on 33-35 Hoxton Square. The home is based on the  idea of a prism.  “The design seeks to respond to and manipulate daylight and  views,” according to Hadid’s website.



She’s also currently working on the Dubai Performing Arts Center. The  building will house five theatres, a music hall, a concert hall, and opera  house.



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