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Zaha Hadid

Architect Zaha Hadid was born in 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq.

She has become one of the most famous architects in the world.

Buildings nominated for the prestigious Stirling Prize include Evelyn Grace Academy building (winner – 2011), MAXXI (2010), Nordpark Cable Railway Station (2008), Phaeno Science Centre (2006) and the BMW Central Building (2005).

Zaha Hadid
photo : Giovanna Silva

Zaha Hadid‘s style is boldly contemporary, organic and innovative. The architect pushes design through new technology and materials and never does ordinary. Besides creating architecture the architect is a celebrated painter, designer of furniture and interior products + fittings such as bowls and chandeliers.

Zaha Hadid Architect News

Architecture News – latest additions to this page, chronological:

New Lobby at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati Lobby
photo from CAC
Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati Lobby – 22 Mar 2015
One of the most important buildings in Cincinnati — and nationally-acclaimed architectural structures in America — just got a major upgrade. The lobby of the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) has been reimagined to elevate the guest experience.

Secret Knowledge: Zaha Hadid on Kazimir Malevich
BBC Four, UK – 10pm Tuesday 9 Sep 2014

Zaha Hadid explains how her work has roots in an art movement that is 100 years old. Together with curators and critics, she considers the influence of Malevich’s avant-garde art on her architecture.

BBC Four The Russian Revolutionary: Zaha Hadid on Kazimir Malevich

One Thousand Museum, Miami, Florida, USA – 7 Jan 2014
One Thousand Museum
Internationally renowned for her revolutionary designs of buildings in premier cities worldwide, including Beijing, Abu Dhabi, Rome, and London, Zaha Hadid was the developers’ first choice for One Thousand Museum. “Miami has become a truly global city and we wanted to work with someone who has the vision to create an architectural icon that will capture its unique character,” said Birdman and Covin in a joint statement.

Heydar Aliyev Centre Baku, Azerbaijan – 14 Nov 2013
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Heydar Aliyev Centre Baku
photo : Hélène Binet

The building design establishes a continuous, fluid relationship between its surrounding plaza and the building’s interior. The plaza, as the ground surface, accessible to all, rises to envelop an equally public interior and define a sequence of event spaces within. Undulations, folds, and inflections modify this surface to create an architectural landscape that performs a multitude of functions: welcoming, embracing, and directing visitors throughout the center; blurring the conventional differentiation between architecture and landscape, interior and exterior.

Zaha Hadid designs Superyacht for Blohm+Voss
Zaha Hadid Superyacht
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Zaha Hadid Super Yacht – 16 Oct 2013
Previsouly Zaha has designed a boat, now she has designed a pair of yachts: a sculptural form of a master prototype conceived for a 128m yacht and five 90m yachts that explore the design philosophies of the master prototype.

Prototype Liquid Glacial Table by Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid Liquid Glacial Table
photo : Jacopo Spilimbergo
Prototype Liquid Glacial Table – 15 Oct 2013
David Gill presents the next evolution of Zaha Hadid’s series of Liquid Glacial tables – unveiled at David Gill Galleries, St James’s, on October 15. The exhibition will run until 16 November.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK – 25 Sep 2013
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery
photograph courtesy of Luke Hayes
The latest building by ZHA – a combination of refurbishment and new-build, set right in the heart of one of London’s major parks. The extension contains a social space intended to enliven the venue. The curvaceous design is intended to complement the existing classical building, located in the heart of one of London’s largest parks.

Kasumigaoka National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
New National Stadium Tokyo
image © Courtesy of ZHA
National Stadium Tokyo : latest major design – 9 Sep 2013
ZHA was selected over of 45 other international architecture practices for the US $1.62bn development at the end of 2012. Architect Tadao Ando chaired the jury which included architects Norman Foster and Richard Rogers.

Galaxy SOHO, Beijing, China
Galaxy Soho Beijing
images : Hufton and Crow
Galaxy Soho building – 22 Jul 2013
This large organic building by Zaha Hadid Architects has been shortlisted for the Lubetkin Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Named in honour of Berthold Lubetkin who established the influential Tecton Group in London during the 1930’s, the Lubetkin Prize is awarded to the architect of the year’s best RIBA International Award winning building.

520 West 28th Street, New York City Condominium Building – 16 Jul 2013
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
520 West 28th Street New York
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Development Marks First Project in New York City for Internationally Acclaimed UK Architect. Related Companies, New York’s premier residential developer, today announced that it has commissioned world renowned Zaha Hadid Architects to design a boutique condominium adjacent to the High Line at 520 West 28th Street in Chelsea just south of Hudson Yards. The 11 – story residential development will mark Hadid’s first commission in New York City.

Zaha Hadid Architecture Exhibition, DAC, Copenhagen, Denmark
Zaha Hadid Architecture Exhibition Denmark
image from DAC

Prima Installation by architect Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid Prima Installation for Swarovski
photograph : Hélène Binet
Prima Installation for Swarovski – 11 + 9 Jun 2013

Swarovski has commissioned Zaha Hadid to create a celebratory installation marking the completion twenty years ago of her first major built project, the Fire Station at Vitra Campus, Weil am Rhein, Germany. The installation, entitled Prima, is an angular piece made from five highly polished components that can be moved into different configurations. It will be installed in front of the Fire Station, reflecting and honouring the design process of the building.

Riverside Museum wins European Museum of the Year 2013
Riverside Museum Glasgow
photograph : Hufton + Crow
20 May 2013 – The Riverside Museum Glasgow by Zaha Hadid Architects has won the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) at ceremony in Tongeren, Belgium.
Forty Museums from 21 countries across Europe entered this year’s awards. The European Museum of the Year Award by the European Museum Forum was founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, with the aim of recognising excellence and encouraging innovative processes in a museum world.

Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award
22 Apr 2013 – architect Zaha Hadid is the winner of the 2013 Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award. The designer is known for her futuristic designs, which include the London Aquatics Centre and Guangzhou Opera House. She was presented the honour during a ceremony held at Claridge’s tonight. The annual event celebrates the success of businesswomen worldwide, who share the same enterprising, determined spirit of Madame Clicquot – who, after becoming widowed at the age of 27, took on her husband’s wine business and developed one of the first forms of Champagne.

22 Mar 2013
Changsha Mexihu International Cultural & Art Centre, Hunan Province, China
Changsha Building
image courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects
Changsha Building
Ground breaking news – the building includes a grand theatre, a contemporary art museum and supporting facilities. The building composition is based around ‘three fluid petals’ and is beautifully flowing.

Multi Runway Hub Airport, London, England
ZHA appointed to the team developing proposals for a multi-runway hub airport
Zagreb Airport Building
render : ZHA Proposal for New Passenger Terminal and Masterplan, Zagreb Airport
Multi Runway Hub Airport
The Mayor of London has appointed a team of experts to develop the plans for addressing the UK’s aviation crisis. He wishes to see the fastest possible resolution to the debate on where to build a multi runway hub airport.

Power List
Zaha Hadid included in 2013 Power List of the 100 most powerful women in the UK
Compiled by BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’, the Power List recognizes women who have the ‘greatest influence and ability to change the way we live our lives in the UK today’. Hadid is the only architect feaured on the list which includes the Queen (1st place), JK Rowling, Stella McCartney, Adele and Camila Batmanghelidjh.

Arzu Studio Masters Collection
Arzu Rugs news
Arzu is a model of social entrepreneurship to help Afghan women weavers and their families by sourcing and selling the rugs they weave.

Gulf Business Power 100
Zaha Hadid listed in the 2013 Gulf Business Power 100
This year’s Gulf Business Power 100 listed Hadid as one of the world’s most powerful Arabs in real estate.

Saint Antony’s College, Oxford, England
Saint Antony's College Oxford
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Saint Antony’s College Oxford – 24 Jan 2013
The Middle East Centre of St. Antony’s College is the University of Oxford’s centre for interdisciplinary study of the Modern Middle East. The centre was founded in 1957 and it is focused on research on humanities and social sciences with a wide reference to the Arab World and its geographic adjacencies.

Liquid Glacial Table and Galaxy SOHO Nominations + Z-Boat Award
Zaha Hadid Liquid Glacial Table
Zaha Hadid Liquid Glacial Table
photograph : Jacopo Spilimbergo
The Liquid Glacial Table and Galaxy SOHO in Beijing have been nominated for the 2013 Designs of the Year Awards. The awards showcase the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world over the past year. ZHA’s nominated projects will be included in the ‘Designs of the Year’ exhibition at the Design Museum, London from 20 Mar 2013. Category winners and the overall winner will be announced on 17 Apr 2013.

Zaha Hadid Boat design
image courtesy of ZHA
The Z-Boat by Zaha Hadid was named overall winner of the inaugural VeryFirstTo Awards in London on 9 Jan. The jury that selected the Z-Boat included Giles Deacon, Sir John Hegarty, Joan Burstein CBE and Poppy Delevingne.

Beko Masterplan, Belgrade, Serbia
Beko Masterplan Building Design
image : ZHA
Beko Masterplan – 11 Jan 2013
This building design is typical of the current style by the architect – swirling forms with striations creating rhythm and dynamic energy. The criticism of many signature architects -such as Frank Gehry or Norman Foster – often revolves around whether projects are unique to their context or just another design off the production line. With such a huge amount of work it will be a major challenge for the architects to keep design fresh and specific to context.

Design Cloning Controversy, China
4 Jan 2013 – Chongqing architect accused of copying the architect’s Beijing building, the Meiquan 22nd Century building planned for Chongqing.

Miami Condo Tower, FL, USA
20 Dec 2012 – news circulated in last few days re a condo tower at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida, USA – design to be unveiled early 2013 – her first skyscraper in the west. The site for the building is currently occupied by a BP Station. The investment group funding 1000 Biscayne Tower is led by Florida developers Gregg Covin and Louis Birdman.
The architect owns a double condo at the W Hotel on Miami Beach. She recently designed the Collins Park Garage in Miami, approved for construction Nov 2012 by the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board.

London Olympic Aquatics Centre – Building Update, UK
London Olympic Pool
photo : Hufton + Crow
London Olympics Buildings – 27 Nov 2012
The final piece of outer shell from the temporary seating stands at the Aquatics Centre has now been removed. This is very welcome as the building is so much more elegant without it.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, USA
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum Building
photograph Paul Warchol © 2012, Eli Broad
Broad Art Museum – 14 Nov 2012
This striking building features a pleated stainless steel and glass façade, with a steeply sloping end elevation. It will include a collection of more than 7,500 objects. The building – which looks shark-like in the photo above – features galleries for modern and contemporary art, special exhibitions, photography, new media and works on paper.

Zaha Hadid Architecture

We have various pages online about architect Zaha Hadid:

Zaha Hadid : main page – news + current work (this page)

Zaha Hadid Architects – All Projects + Practice Information

Zaha Hadid Exhibitions

Zaha Hadid Events

Zaha Hadid Books

Recent News for Zaha Hadid Architects

House for Naomi Campbell, Moscow, Russia
Moscow house
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House for Naomi Campbell – 30 Oct 2012
This is a futuristic home for Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin and his girlfriend Supermodel Naomi Campbell. Zaha was asked to design the residence to look like a spaceship. The extraordinary home design features a tower that pushes high to gain good views. This unusual residence has an area of 2,650 sqm and is located Barvikha.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong, China – building news
Innovation Tower
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Hong Kong PolyU Innovation Tower – 28 Sep 2012
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has topped out of the Jockey Club Innovation Tower on its campus. The 15-storey tower will become the new home for the PolyU School of Design and the newly established Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. The new building will be 76m high.

pierrevives, Montpellier, France
Pierres Vives Building
photo : Iwan Baan
Pierrevives Montpellier – 14 + 13 Sep 2012
The most important building by Zaha Hadid since the Guangzhou Opera House. The architecture is on a massive scale, but more importantly it is designed with almost no compromise, a huge example of the architect pushing her dynamic style to limits other architects can’t reach.

Arum Installation
Venice Architecture Biennale 2012, Italy
Zaha Hadid Installation Venice
photograph courtesy of Iwan Baan
The Biennale theme for 2012 shows how the work of the key contemporary architects – often regarded as independent – is in fact based on historical lineages of collective research. This is also true of the work of ZHA. It is well known that early work of the architects was initially inspired by Russian Suprematism.

Guangzhou Opera House Award
Guangzhou Opera House
photo : Virgile Simon Bertrand
Guangzhou Opera House award – 17 Aug 2012

Roca London Gallery, England
Roca London Gallery
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Roca London – 14 Jun 2012
Roca London Gallery wins 2012 Design Week award recognizing excellence and innovation in design. The architect’s inspiration was elemental water in all its forms and the result is a spectacular and influential space in the heart of London‟s Chelsea Harbour.

Jane Drew Prize
Zaha Hadid Portrait
photo : Steve Double, Jun 2007
Zaha Hadid architect awarded the Jane Drew Prize for her outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture.

Riverside Museum wins European Museum Academy Micheletti Award 2012
Riverside Museum Glasgow
photograph : Hufton + Crow
5 May 2012 – Riverside Museum, Glasgow, is named the most innovative museum in the fields of technology, labour and social history by the European Museum Academy. Riverside competed against museums in 12 other European countries to win the 17th annual Micheletti Award.

ZHA – Selected Building News 2009-11

Stirling Prize Winner
Zaha Hadid Architects win Stirling Prize for Evelyn Grace Academy building
Evelyn Grace Academy
picture : Luke Hayes

Pritzker Prize – Zaha Hadid Joins Jury
Pritzker Prize
Zaha, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, will join the jury that selects Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates.

London Aquatics Centre Building, UK
London Olympics Pool
photo : Hufton + Crow
London Olympics Aquatics Centre

World Building of the Year
photo : Roland Halbe
MAXXI Rome wins WAF Awards + Stirling Prize
MAXXI Rome : Italy’s first national museum of contemporary art and its first national museum of architecture. Criticised by critic Ellis Woodman for placing form over function. The MAXXI building is not a new design direction for the practice, it is indeed a major project for the studio, but not a pivotal one in terms of programme or style. The architecture is undeniably powerful and dynamic but like many recent ‘containers for art’ – such as the stunning ‘UFO’ building in Graz by architects Cook / Fournier – there exists tension between form and function, between expressive exterior and an interior which its owners will want to function in a certain way.

Hadid, Complete Works 1979-2009
Zaha Hadid Book
photograph : TASCHEN
Zaha Hadid Book by Philip Jodidio

Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate
Architect Zaha Hadid
image courtesy ZHA
Architect Zaha Hadid awarded Praemium Imperiale Architecture Laureate

Zaha Hadid Architecture Designs – Work from 2011

Zaha Hadid Architecture – Work from 2008-10

Zaha Hadid Buildings – Work up to 2007

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Zaha Hadid Architecture Background

The architect, 61, grew up in Iraq before leaving at the age of 17 to study abroad. After working with OMA she set up her architecture practice in London in 1980.

Architecture Education
American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Architectural Association, London, UK
Diploma Prize 1977

Early Career as an Achitect
Office for Metropolitan Architecture – partner

Architectural Association tutor with OMA architects Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis
Zaha ran her own architecture studio at the AA until 1987
She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria

Key Awards
Pritzker Prize Architecture Award : Winner 2004
Stirling Prize 2010 + 2011

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