Saturday, April 2, 2016

Zaha Hadid RIP

I was saddened to learn that Dame Zaha Hadid, one of the world's greatest architects ('starchitect'), passed away a couple of days ago. Her futuristic designs may not be everyone's cup of tea but they really did push the boundaries of architecture. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and was a true pioneer in every sense of the word.

Here are some examples of her amazing work from around the world....

Vitra fire station, Germany
Heydar Aliyev culture centre, Azerbaijan
Guangzhou opera house, China
Corones Museum, Italy
Here is her design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which was unfortunately canned due to a budget blow out.
She has designed buildings for Melbourne too, but none have been realised – yet.

Here is her short-listed submission for the design competition to revamp Flinder's Street station.
And this is the design for a residential tower on Collin's Street that is still awaiting approval.

 

3 comments:

Andrew said...

I had not really heard of her until I just read about her death on a Dutch blog. Interesting buildings in Amsterdam and London.

Victor said...

I didn't know her name either but clearly she was an innovative and creative thinker. I wish there were more of her ilk succeeding in having their ideas realised in Sydney. Opera House aside most of our buildings are depressingly and similarly unremarkable bordering on awful. The abomination currently under construction at Barangaroo is the latest example.

Adaptive Radiation said...

Let's see if we will get one of her buildings for Melbourne.