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8 Nov 2019
Ülemiste Terminal, Tallinn, Estonia
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
Ulemiste Terminal Tallinn
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Ülemiste Terminal Tallinn, Estonia
Zaha Hadid Architects (UK) working with Esplan (Estonia) have been have been awarded first place in the design competition for the new Ülemiste Terminal of the Rail Baltic railway in Tallinn.

20 Aug 2019
Niederhafen River Promenade, Hamburg, Germany
Niederhafen River Promenade Hamburg
photograph : Piet Niemann
Niederhafen River Promenade
River Promenadelocated at Niederhafen on the Elbe River between St. Pauli Landungsbrücken and Baumwall in Hamburg, the upgraded 625 metre river promenade is integral to the modernisation and reinforcement of the city’s flood protection system.

26 July 2019
Morpheus Hotel by ZHA – World Architecture Festival 2019 Shortlisted
Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects
photograph © Ivan Dupont
Morpheus Hotel by ZHA shortlisted for World Architecture Festival 2019

1 July 2019
New Science Centre, Jurong Lake District – JLD Singapore
Design: Architects 61 / Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
New Science Centre at Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore
image © Science Centre Singapore

New Science Centre at Jurong Lake Gardens in Singapore
To be located next to the Chinese Garden station of Singapore’s MRT metro system, the New Science Centre is envisaged as a ground-breaking institution in the Lakeside precinct of the Jurong Lake District.

20 Mar 2019
Danjiang Bridge, Taipei, Taiwan
Danjiang Bridge Taipei
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Danjiang Bridge
Construction has begun on the world’s longest single-mast, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge, 920m long.

8 Jan 2019
Patrik Schumacher Allegations in UK High Court, London

The late Zaha Hadid’s business partner claims he was forced to agree to drop the architecture practice’s name – and alleges animosity clouded fellow executors’ judgment, reports Building Design.

Legal papers lodged by Patrik Schumacher in an attempt to oust fellow executors of the late architect’s estate have been released by the High Court.

They reveal an extraordinary tussle for control of Zaha Hadid Architects – with Schumacher forced to agree to drop the founder’s name from the world-famous practice.

He also claims he was forced to agree payments totalling £7.75m by the design practice (referred to as Zaha Hadid Ltd or ZHL) to a holding company controlled by the other three executors and their appointees, in a move Schumacher claims would reduce “ZHL’s ability to continue as a going concern”.


5 Dec 2018
Fornebubanen Metro Line Stations, Oslo, Norway
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects and A_Lab
Fornebubanen Metro Line Stations in Oslo
image © VA

Fornebubanen Metro Line Station Buildings in Oslo
Zaha Hadid Architects and A_Lab win the architectural competition to design the Fornbuporten and Fornebu Senter stations, two of the six stations planned for the new Fornebubanen metro line.

12 Nov 2018
Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye Smart City, west of Moscow, Russia
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects working with TPO Pride Architects
Rublyovo Arkhangelskoye Smart City near Moscow
render © Flying Architecture

Zaha Hadid
The architects partnership has been selected as one of the consortiums to build the new Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye neighbourhood.

6 Sep 2018
Dining Pods for Morpheus Hotel, Macau, Hengqin Island, China
Design: UAP (Building design by ZHA)
Unique Dining Pods for Morpheus Hotel in Macau
photography: UAP
Morpheus Hotel Dining Pods
The Morpheus Hotel designed by Zaha Hadid Architects is the new flagship hotel for the City of Dreams development in Macau. The $1 Billion development is characterized by a distinctive exoskeleton and uninterrupted internal spaces.

9 Aug 2018
Mercury Hotel, Paceville, St. Julian’s, Malta
Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans to turn a derelict tower in the Maltese coastal town of Paceville into new apartments and a boutique hotel.
Mercury Hotel in Paceville

15 Jun 2018
Morpheus Hotel, Macau, Hengqin Island, China
Morpheus Hotel City of Dreams Resort in Macau
photograph : Virgile Simon Bertrand
Morpheus Hotel, City of Dreams Resort by Zaha Hadid Architects
Informed by the fluid forms within China’s rich traditions of jade carving, the Morpheus’ design combines dramatic public spaces and generous guest rooms with innovative engineering and formal cohesion.

Jun 9, 2018
Il Makiage pavilion, New York City, USA
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Il Makiage Pavilion in New York
photograph : Paul Warchol

Il Makiage pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects
The pavilion’s structure reinterprets the distinctive motif that wraps around the corner of all Il Makiage’s packaging.

6 Jun 2018
Admiral Serebryakov Embankment Masterplanning Competition, Novorossiysk, Russia
Admiral Serebryakov Embankment-masterplan in Novorossiysk
image : VA
Admiral Serebryakov Embankment Masterplanning Competition
Located on the Black Sea coast, connecting Russia with the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean and Suez Canal, the city of Novorossiysk is the nation’s largest shipping port and the third busiest in Europe by turnover. With direct links to Russia’s rail and highway networks, Novorossiysk has also developed into an important centre of industry.

26 Apr 2018
Capital Hill Residence, Barvikha Forest, near Moscow, Russia
Capital Hill Residence in Moscow
image courtesy of ZHA
Capital Hill Residence in Barvikha Forest
Located on the north-facing hillside within the Barvikha Forest near Moscow, where pine and birch trees grow up to 20m high, the Capital Hill Residence is divided into two main components. The first merges with the sloping forested landscape, while a separate volume ‘floats’ 22 metres above the ground to benefit from the spectacular views of the forest over the trees.

25 Apr 2018
Generali Tower, Milan, Italy
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Generali Tower Citylife in Milan
photo © Hufton + Crow
Generali Tower Building
Generali Tower is within the CityLife masterplan that has redeveloped Milan’s abandoned trade fair grounds following the fair’s relocation to Rho Pero in 2005.

19 Apr 2018
Lushan Primary School Building, Jiangxi, China
Lushan Primary School in Jiangxi
image courtesy of architects
Lushan Primary School Building by ZHA
Lushan Primary School will be an educational institute for 120 children located 160km north-west of Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi Province, and serve 12 local villages with a total population of about 1,800 people.

Mar 15, 2018
520 West 28th Street, New York City, USA
Amenity Spaces at 520 West 28th Street NY
photography © Hufton+Crow
520 West 28th Street Building
Related Companies has unveiled the completed amenity spaces at the highly acclaimed 520 West 28th residential building in New York’s west Chelsea neighbourhood.

7 Mar 2018
Aljada’s Central Hub, Sharjah, UAE
Aljadas Central Hub in Sharjah UAE
image courtesy of architects
Aljada’s Central Hub Building
Developed with environmental considerations integrated throughout the masterplan to minimise the consumption of resources, the proposal conceptualises the moment a water droplet strikes the earth’s surface, captured in an array of elliptical buildings designed to channel prevailing winds into civic spaces and courtyards to facilitate cooling during the summer months.

Jan 10, 2018
Painting of Messner Mountain Museum Corones Building

An abstract impression of the outside parts of the museum building in South Tyrol:
Messner Mountain Museum Corones painting
Corones by Jan Theuninck, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, 2018
Messner Mountain Museum Corones Building

20 Dec 2017
Bee’ah Headquarters, Sharjah, UAE
Bee'ah Headquarter
render by MIR © ZHA
Bee’ah Headquarters
Bee’ah, the Middle East’s leading fully integrated environmental and waste management company has commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects to build its new Headquarters building in Sharjah, UAE, following the 2013 international competition.

8 Dec 2017
CityLife Shopping District, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Citylife Shopping District in Milan
photography © Hufton+Crow
CityLife Shopping District Milan
Located above Tre Torri station on the M5 line of Milan’s Metro network, CityLife Shopping District integrates a new public park with indoor and outdoor piazzas, food hall, restaurants, cafes, shops and cinema as well as facilities for health and wellbeing.

10 Nov 2017
Bora Residential Tower, Santa Fe, Mexico City
Bora Residential Tower
image : LabTop, courtesy of ZHA
Bora Residential Tower Building by ZHA
Construction works start on this building commissioned in 2015 by Nemesis Capital. The tower is within Santa Fe, an important business district in the west of Mexico City with a rapidly growing community that includes 3 universities and the regional offices of Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Roche and Amazon.

2 Nov 2017
Zaha Hadid Architects forms supergroup with Chinese and US design firms

ZHA has formed an alliance with Arcplus (China) and Wilson Associates (USA) to offer ‘next-generation design’ to clients.

The three firms will collaborate on research initiatives plus work together to create a single port of call for interior and exterior design and engineering.

Arcplus is China’s largest design group, covering civic, transport and corporate architecture.

Wilson Associates is a worldwide leader in hospitality design.

Zaha Hadid Architects said: ‘We see this alliance as a continuation of global best practice, pioneering research and innovation, where each of the three firms’ individual strengths will deliver the most ambitious projects.

‘The combination of design excellence, resources, knowledge and sector leading expertise enables us to deliver more sophisticated, high-performance and high-value projects.’

Architecture, design and engineering consultant Arcplus, China, said: ‘This team of global experts will be at the cutting edge of architectural and engineering technology, digital design and energy efficiency.’

With an excellent track record of more than 30,000 architecture design and engineering consulting projects, Arcplus has expanded its portfolio to provinces and cities across China and more than 20 countries and regions worldwide.

Arcplus have more than 10 subsidiary firms and studios, such as East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (Building by shl and ECADI), but they also list Wilson Associates LLC.

Interior design practice Wilson Associates, Dallas, said, “The conceptual and creative force of Zaha Hadid Architects, Arcplus’ architectural and structural engineering excellence, and Wilson Associates’ unparalleled expertise in hospitality interiors, together will offer next-generation design. Three highly decorated firms, each come with storied legacies and unparalleled reputations for innovative and imaginative designs. Together, we will work to collaborate on future proposals and provide advanced and practical solutions for international clients.”

For more than 45 years, Wilson Associates’ dynamic talent and collaborative spirit have inspired and created some of the world’s most iconic, avant-garde spaces, among them the Conrad Koh Samui; The Venetian Las Vegas; Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve; and the Armani Hotel Dubai. Wilson has a strong international footprint, with more than 300 team members spanning six continents and design hubs in seven cities: Dallas, Dubai, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Singapore.

14 Sep 2017
‘Behaviour Morphe’ light mapping projection in Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, South West Germany
‘Behaviour Morphe’ light mapping projection in Karlsruhe
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ZHA collaborated with leading digital artists and computer science researchers Andy Lomas and Mubbasir Kapadia, together with musician Max Cooper to create the ‘Behaviour Morphe’ light mapping projection for the 2017 Schlosslichtspiele Festival.

9 Sep 2017
Mathematics: The Winton Gallery, Science Museum, Kensington, London, England, UK
Mathematics: The Winton Gallery
photograph © Matt Danby
A million visitors have explored Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at London’s Science Museum since opened in December 2016. The gallery highlights the central role of mathematical practice in all our lives.

1 Sep 2017
Zaha Hadid Architects wins the Masterplan 2030 competition for Old City Harbour in Port of Tallinn, Estonia
Old City Harbour Development
image courtesy of ZHA
The Port of Tallinn launched the competition for ideas for the development plans of Masterplan 2030 for the Old City Harbour in 2016. With the aim of finding a comprehensive, long-term solution to connect the city and its public spaces with the functions of the port, Masterplan 2030 will form the basis for the redevelopment in the port area into an urban space that is both attractive and easy to traverse.

15 Aug 2017
Leeza SOHO, Beijing, China
Leeza SOHO World's Tallest Atrium
photograph : Satoshi Ohashi, Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Once the 46-story Leeza SOHO structure reaches its final height of 207 meters (679 feet) in September, it will contain the world’s tallest atrium — an impressive 190m high space.

28 Jul 2017
New images posted of 520 West 28th Street Residences by Zaha Hadid Architects:
520 West 28th Street building by Zaha Hadid Architects
image courtesy of architects

27 Jul 2017
ZHA Llight Mapping Projection at Schlosslichtspiele Festival, Karlsruhe, Germany
ZHA collaborates with digital artists and computer science researchers Andy Lomas and Mubbasir Kapadia, together with the musician Max Cooper to create a mapping projection for the 2017 Schlosslichtspiele Festival titled ‘Behaviour Morphe’.
The Schlosslichtspiele Festival in Karlsruhe presents a programme of spectacular light mapping projections on the 170m façade of the city’s Baroque castle building.
Exploring new forms of architecture, the 2017 Schlosslichtspiele connects digital spatial concepts with the 18th century masonry of the castle to research how living spaces can be designed in the future.

26 Jul 2017
Leeza SOHO, Beijing, China
Construction news update for Leeza SOHO in Beijing, ZHA’s most recent collaboration with SOHO China: the building will top-out at 207m in September.
The 172,800m² building design straddles the new subway tunnel that diagonally divides the site. The tower rises as a single volume divided into two halves on either side of the tunnel. A central atrium – the world’s tallest – extends 190m through full height of the building and connects with the metro station below, creating a new public space for the city.

10 Zaha Hadid architectural masterpieces:

19 Jul 2017
Port House Antwerp Award News, Belgium
The World Architecture Community Awards recognise remarkable projects that inspire exciting questions about contemporary architecture. This Belgian building wins World Architecture Community Award and shortlisted for ‘World Building of the Year’.

17 Jul 2017
Winton Gallery at the Science Museum, London, UK
The gallery is designed to bring together remarkable stories and historical artifacts. The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum shortlisted for ‘World Interior of the Year’

5 Jul 2017
600 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
600 Collins Street
image courtesy of architects
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Melbourne Building
The hotel and residences will be located on Collins Street, in the mixed-use 185-metre tower designed by Zaha Hadid, and will play a part in the ongoing regeneration of the city’s Central Business District. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s financial and legal district, the project is close to the Docklands and the Southbank tourist and entertainment precinct.

7 Jun 2017
Afragola Station, Napoli, Italy
Afragola Station in Napoli
photograph : Jacopo Splimbergo
Afragola Station Building in Naples
The first phase of Napoli Afragola Station – the new gateway to the south of Italy – has been inaugurated by prime minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Top 10 Of Zaha Hadid Architects’s Unbuilt Designs:

31 May 2017
Google Doodle remembers Zaha Hadid’s 2004 Pritzker Prize win

“Today’s Doodle honors architect Zaha Hadid, who captured the world’s attention and shattered glass ceilings (in addition to designing some) by becoming the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize on this day in 2004. She was also the first woman awarded the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

This Baku building is a personal favourite of mine, an absolute peak building for this architect, the sensous and liquid-like shape is enticing. The flowing form just lifts out of the plaza, landscape and building are one – Editor Adrian Welch:
Heydar Aliyev Centre Baku
photo : Hélène Binet

Born in Iraq in 1950, Hadid learned about abstract art and architecture at the Architectural Association in London. There, she found inspiration in unconventional forms. Before computers made her designs easier to put on paper, Hadid’s studio was known to use the photocopier in creative ways to bend lines and create new shapes. The type in today’s Doodle finds inspiration in Hadid’s energetic sketches, which explored both form and function.”

Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku Building
photo : Hélène Binet

Heydar Aliyev Center Building by Zaha Hadid Architects – building featured in the Google Doodle for Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid Google Doodle

Apr 7, 2017
520 West 28th Street Building, New York City, USA
520 West 28th Street

Related Companies announce official first look inside the residences of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th, which was designed inside and out by the revered architect, as well as the unveiling of the building’s first finished residences. The completion of these mark the true first interior look into the quintessential 21st century dwelling.

520 West 28th Street New York by ZHA

5 Apr 2017
New Zaha Hadid designs unveiled for Forest Green Rovers Eco-park

Forest Green Rovers Eco-park Design by Zaha Hadid Architects
image © Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VA

Ecotricity has revealed two concept designs by Zaha Hadid Architects for the Green Technology Hub at Eco Park, alongside unveiling a new ‘Gateway to Stroud’ at a business breakfast this morning.

Forest Green Rovers Eco-park Design

17 Mar 2017
Wangjing SOHO, Beijing, China – Winner of Zhan Tianyou Award for Engineering
Wangjing Soho
photograph : Virgile Simon Bertrand
Wangjing SOHO Beijing buildings design : Zaha Hadid Architects
Wangjing SOHO is located in northeast Beijing between Fourth and Fifth Ring Roads. The site is near the Airport Expressway approximately halfway between Beijing’s Capital Airport and the centre of the city.

16 Feb 2017

Leeza SOHO Beijing, China
Leeza SOHO Leeza SOHO
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Leeza SOHO Building
Within the Lize Financial Business District this dynamic new building by ZHA is located at the intersection of Lines 14 and 16 currently under-construction for the Beijing Subway rail network. Directly above the new interchange station for the financial district, Leeza Soho connects with the city’s bus network to the north and east.

27 Jan 2017

ZHA Dubai Office

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) opened a new office in Sharjah, UAE, while Foster + Partners is expected to open its base in the emirate in January.

21 Jan 2017
Zaha Hadid There Should Be No End To Experimentation Exhibition
Location: Artisttree, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

From 17 March To 6 April 2017

Zaha Hadid Exhibition
‘Metropolis’, 1988; © Zaha Hadid Foundation

‘With experimentation, you think you’re going to find out one thing, but you actually discover something else … more than you bargain for’ Zaha Hadid

Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza Building by Zaha Hadid Architects

17 Jan 2017
Zaha Hadid Fortune

Zaha Hadid leaves £67m fortune in her will.

The celebrated British-Iraqi architect who died suddenly last March left £1.7m to relatives and £500,000 to business partner, reports The Guardian.

The designer bequeathed a lump sum of £500,000 to her business partner Patrik Schumacher. Hadid also left a total of £1.7m to four nieces and nephews, as well as her brother Haytham Hadid, whose share was £500,000.

The architect, who was made a dame in 2012, was unmarried with no children and left her international design businesses, which account for the bulk of her wealth, in trust. In the year to the end of April 2015, Zaha Hadid Ltd had a turnover of £48m and employed 372 people.

Executors of her will are Patrik Schumacher, Peter Palumbo, the property developer, Brian Clarke, the artist, and Rana Hadid, the architect’s niece.

Zaha Hadid Fortune

Patrik Schumacher, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, Controversy at WAF Berlin

25 Nov 2016 – Abolish social housing, scrap prescriptive planning regulations and usher in the wholesale privatisation of our streets, squares and parks, report The Guardian.

That was the message delivered by Patrik Schumacher, director of Zaha Hadid Architects, to a stunned audience of architects and developers at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, provoking a flood of impassioned responses online – with both opponents and supporters declaring him to be “the Trump of architecture”.

The late Hadid’s work might have long been a source of astonishment, for its sci-fi forms and gravity-defying structural feats, but now she’s gone, her practice is prompting incredulity for a very different reason. The queen of the curve has been supplanted by the king of free-market libertarianism. And the 55-year-old German architec is not holding back.

His uncompromising position on social housing estates provoked particularly audible disgust. “When socially renting tenants are asked to move and offered a new place somewhere else, they are given these new houses for free,” he thundered. “What a tragedy for them.” He even suggested building over Hyde Park.

Patrik Schumacher, director of Zaha Hadid Architects, article in The Guardian

16 Nov 2016
Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza breaks ground, China

Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza Building by Zaha Hadid Architects
The 167,000 sqm Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza will be a campus of integrated buildings that combine intelligent technologies and environmental sustainability, comprising key facilities for the group including a new global center for R&D a Chinese herbal medicine research and safety assessment center; as well as an exhibition center and gallery.

10 Nov 2016

Meta Utopia exhibition at the Zaha Hadid Design Gallery, Goswell Road, London
coming soon…opening mid November, more details online soon.

8 + 7 Nov 2016

Zaha Hadid Architects opens Middle East office, Dubai Design District, UAE

With 30 years’ experience in the Middle East and North Africa, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is collaborating with visionary clients throughout the region on 16 transformational projects. ZHA’s new office within the Dubai Design District continues our longstanding commitment to the region.

A recipient of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, ZHA marries concepts of connectivity with the tremendous advancements in design technologies, material development and construction practices. ZHA is working with the many diverse histories and cultures of the region to address important issues in a meaningful way – contributing to the development of more ecologically sustainable and integrated built environments.

Opening on 7 November, 2016 ZHA’s office in Dubai has been established in response to the solid growth in demand from new and existing clients across the region; providing even greater levels of assistance, coordination and communication with our increasing client base throughout the Middle East.

Zaha Hadid Architects Middle East
Unit 503, Building 8
Dubai Design District
Dubai, UAE

3 Nov 2016

Forest Green announces Zaha Hadid Architects as stadium design winner, South West England
Forest Green Rovers Eco-park Design by Zaha Hadid Architects
image © Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VA
Forest Green Rovers Stadium Building
Following a seven-month international competition, Forest Green Rovers has selected Zaha Hadid Architects to design its new 5,000 seater football stadium.

31 Oct 2016

Zaha Hadid announced as designer of the BRITs trophy

The BRIT Awards 2017 with Mastercard today confirm that the 2017 statue was designed by Zaha Hadid. With a career spanning four decades, Hadid redefined design in the 21st century with her ground-breaking vision. Like music, her work celebrated the creative richness and diversity of culture. The 2017 statue both honours and adds to Hadid’s remarkable legacy. The 2017 BRIT Award winners will be rewarded with her unique creativity.

Brit statue concept sketch by Zaha Hadid Design:
Brit statue concept sketch by Zaha Hadid Design

In March this year Zaha Hadid passed away suddenly in Miami after suffering a heart attack. Hadid, widely regarded as one of the worlds greatest architects, inspired people with her powerful creations. A visionary with an incredible imagination, she was no stranger to awards herself. Her work saw her pick up some of the most prestigious design awards in the world.

The BRIT design project has been led by Maha Kutay, Director at Zaha Hadid Design, and Niamh Byrne (on behalf of The BRIT Awards), since Hadid personally accepted and commenced on the brief in January of this year. BRITs Chairman Jason Iley initially reached out to Hadid at the start of the year and received an instant positive answer. Iley wanted to create something modern and culturally relevant for The BRITs and Hadid was the perfect choice. Iley then met Hadid in February at her party celebrating the winning of the 2016 Royal Gold Medal For Architecture, presented by the Royal Institute of British Architecture in recognition of a lifetimes work (approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen, Hadid was the first female recipient of this accolade).

Recalling this meeting and a subsequent one Iley said, “The party was for her family, friends and many renowned architects. This was a really big night for her and she was still prepared to talk about The BRIT Award and she was really excited about it. A couple of weeks later, as a guest of Sony at The BRIT Awards, she enthused ‘I know exactly how I want to do it! I have a vision for it!’ Which was amazing as she was one of the most brilliant, forward thinking architects in the world.” Explaining his reasons for approaching Hadid, Iley continued, “Zaha’s work is innovative, original and recognises diversity in culture. It has much in common with music. She was the perfect choice for progressing the Award into the future.”

Speaking about the design Maha Kutay said: “Zaha was truly excited to be doing this. Her vision was, being an architect, to focus our efforts more on the 3D element, as the statue had previously been used as a canvas for artists to paint on for the last few years. Our design expresses Zaha’s unwavering belief in progress and optimism for the future and a break from the norm. The biggest challenge was to create something different within certain guidelines, yet achieving a result recognisable to the public. You have to respect the existing to create something new.”

The statue will be fully revealed later in the year. Zaha’s team will produce a family of 5 statues bespoke for the 2017 BRIT Awards. Kutay explains the family of five idea, “the concept represents diversity, the family is connected by a wave of transition, they are different yet connected.”

A huge music fan, Hadid had cited a range of artists including Drake, Bryan Ferry, The Beatles, Sam Smith and Adele amongst her favourites in an interview with Desert Island Discs shortly before she passed away. In 2015 she partnered with Pharrell Williams to collaborate on a design for a pair of trainers. At the time Williams said, “I’m a huge fan of Zaha’s. I would venture to say that she’s one of the most talented architects of our time, and of history in my opinion.”

The BRIT Awards 2017 with Mastercard will be broadcast live on ITV – Wednesday 22nd February from London’s O2 Arena.

27 Oct 2016

Jockey Club Innovation Tower wins RIBA Award for International Excellence and Heydar Aliyev Center shortlisted for RIBA International Prize

Selected from 30 projects from around the world, the Jockey Club Innovation Tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects wins a RIBA Award for International Excellence and the Heydar Aliyev Center is shortlisted for the RIBA International Prize.

Heydar Aliyev Centre Baku
photo : Hélène Binet

Built on the site of a Soviet munitions factory, the Heydar Aliyev Centre’s fluid architecture embodies an enlightened philosophical framework.

WAF Awards Shortlist 2014
photo : Doublespace

The Jockey Club Innovation Tower (JCIT) is home to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Design, and the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation.

The new RIBA International Prize is open to all qualified architects anywhere in the world and reaffirms the visionary purpose of the RIBA as stated in its 1837 charter for ‘the general advancement of Civil Architecture.’

The International Prize will be presented in December 2016 to the architects of the building thought by the judges to be the most significant and inspirational of the year, demonstrating visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, while making a generous contribution to society and to its physical context – be it the public realm, the natural environment or both.

24 Oct 2016
Urban Heritage Administration Centre, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Urban Heritage Administration Centre in Diriyah
render : Methanoia
Urban Heritage Administration Centre in Diriyah
ZHA wins first prize in the competition for the 8,780m² head office of the Heritage Museum. The centre is integral to the on-going works to preserve Diriyah’s historic UNESCO world heritage listed site, continuing the restoration programmes throughout the 120km Wadi Hanifah valley that also includes the re-establishment of its natural environments.

22 Sep 2016
Port House, Antwerp, Belgium
Port House Antwerp by Zaha Hadid Architects
photograph © Helene Binet
Port House, Antwerp
The new Port House in Antwerp repurposes, renovates and extends a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for the port – bringing together the port’s 500 staff that previously worked in separate buildings around the city.

Port House in Antwerp by Zaha Hadid Architects
photo © Tim Fisher

8 Sep 2016
Zaha Hadid Pavilion at Chatsworth House, Bakewell, England, UK
Zaha Hadid Pavilion at Chatsworth House
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Lilas Pavilion at Chatsworth House
The ‘Lilas Pavilion’ is exhibited as part of ‘Sotheby’s Beyond Limits’.

22 Jul 2016

Vitae Collection by Zaha Hadid Design for Porcelanosa

Vitae Collection by Zaha Hadid Design for Porcelanosa

Vitae appears as an integral bathroom collection meant to arise as the new bathroom design. Noken and Zaha Hadid Design have come to a revolutionary notion for the bathroom. This new series features astounding elements that remind us of the spectacular designs created by Zaha Hadid.

Vitae Collection by Zaha Hadid Design for Porcelanosa

Vitae Collection by Zaha Hadid Design for Porcelanosa

Fluid lines that evoke water flow are the leitmotif of this outstanding collection. For this reason it has been named Vitae (“life” in latin), because in water is where all sort of life begins. This is Vitae, a collection with incomparable designs that will stand for a revolutionary notion in the bathroom.

Vitae Collection by Zaha Hadid Design for Porcelanosa

Vitae Collection by Zaha Hadid Design for Porcelanosa
photos : Luke Hayes

With more than 40 years’ experience, Porcelanosa Group works to its core values of innovation and quality in almost 100 countries worldwide.

Starting with the production of ceramic tiles, product diversification has played a key role in Porcelanosa’s growth. Today, the group’s eight companies and 5,000 staff create the widest range of products that include kitchens and bathrooms as well as inventive solutions for contemporary architecture.

Noken, a division of Porcelanosa Bathrooms, marries signature designs with unrivalled quality, craftsmanship and innovation.

Vitae Collection Porcelanosa Bathrooms by Zaha Hadid Desgin

Vitae Collection Porcelanosa Bathrooms by Zaha Hadid Desgin

Vitae Collection Porcelanosa Bathrooms by Zaha Hadid Desgin

Vitae Collection Porcelanosa Bathrooms by Zaha Hadid Desgin

Vitae Collection Porcelanosa Bathrooms by Zaha Hadid Desgin
photos : Porcelanosa

The Vitae Collection, a new bathroom concept by Zaha Hadid Design for Noken, has been informed by Hadid’s fluid architectural language; integrating each piece within the overall ensemble. Shaped by functional and ergonomic considerations, the design is also dependent on the overriding formal language of fluidity.

24 Jun 2016

Awards for Zaha Hadid Architects’ projects in Oxford and Singapore

24th June 2016 – RIBA National Award 2016 for the Investcorp Building, Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford University

Investcorp Building, Oxford University

Following its recent awards from the Oxford Preservation Trust and RIBA South, the Investcorp Building, Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford University has received a RIBA National Award 2016.

Investcorp Building
photo © Luke Hayes

Integrating new academic and research facilities within a design defined by the existing built and natural environment of the college, the Investcorp Building maintains the detached character of the college’s existing buildings, allowing them to be read as separate elements. The design weaves through the restricted site at St Antony’s College while its stainless steel façade softly reflects natural light to echo the building’s context.

The curved form of the library reading room’s western façade accommodates the century-old Sequoia tree and its extensive root network with a drainage system below the foundation slabs to ensure the tree receives enough moisture.

The new Investcorp Building connects disparate buildings within the college, defining a series of spaces for the centre’s renowned archive, library and seminar programmes; allowing the Middle East Centre to expand its commitment as a vital forum of research and debate.

In its citation, the RIBA Award committee noted: “This is a project that demonstrates great virtuosity and a huge amount of technical skill… the architect, the contractor and the client worked well together to produce a superb building which will stand the test of time.”

Investcorp Building, Oxford University’s Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College by Zaha Hadid Architects

d’Leedon Singapore

D'Leedon Singapore
photo © Hufton+Crow

The FIABCI (International Real Estate Federation) Prix d’Excellence recognises projects that best embody excellence in the real estate disciplines, illustrating the ideals of ‘providing society with the optimal solution to its property needs’. The jury panel is comprised of top real estate professionals and experts and rewards projects not just on their aesthetics, functionality or size, but on overall merit.

d’Leedon Singapore, designed and built for Capitaland, with 340 unique apartment layouts is the largest residential development in the city state. The petal-shaped floorplan for the 36 storey towers allows for windows on three sides of every apartment and natural ventilation in all kitchens and bathrooms. With varied geometries, the orientation and placement of the seven towers is optimized in response to environmental considerations.

The site presented a number of constraints with two MRT underground tunnels and the primary water main supply to Singapore from Malaysia running directly beneath the site, together with strict setback regulations at the western edge of the site. d’Leedon’s design turns these challenges of the site to the advantage for residents, embracing the concept of differentiation, where single apartments have been customized and specifically designed according to their location and position within the site, as well as the requirements of the residents.

d’Leedon Singapore by Zaha Hadid Architects

Related External Links:

RIBA National Awards

Investcorp Building, Oxford University’s Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College

Oxford Preservation Trust

St Antony’s College, Middle East Centre

FIABCI World Prix D’Excellence Awards 2016

d’Leedon, Singapore

9 Jun 2016

220 Eleventh Avenue, West Chelsea, New York City, NY, USA
220 Eleventh Avenue, West Chelsea
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220 Eleventh Avenue by ZHA
A mixed-use project, with condominiums and a space for a cultural institution. The project was one of the last that Zaha personally designed before she passed away earlier this year.

27 May 2016
Serpentine Sackler Gallery ZHA Exhibition, London, England
Serpentine Sackler Gallery building by Zaha Hadid Architects
photograph courtesy of Luke Hayes
An exhibition of Zaha Hadid’s art is to be staged at the gallery she converted for the Serpentine. The show at the Sackler in Kensington Gardens was conceived by Hadid and the gallery’s curators before her death in March aged 65, reports Building Design. Rarely seen paintings, drawings, calligraphy and digital work will go on display this winter:
Serpentine Sackler Gallery extension

26 May 2016
Bournemouth Landmark Design Competition, England
Bournemouth development competition site
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Zaha Hadid Architects win Bournemouth Landmark Design Competition
The creation of a landmark ‘cultural quarter’ overlooking Bournemouth’s world-famous seafront is under way following the appointment of leading international designers Zaha Hadid Architects. Initial proposals for the site include designing a mix of cultural attractions and public space improvements complementing Bath Road and the Pavilion Theatre. This could include a multi-use performance space, hotel and restaurants.

25 May 2016

Sunset Strip Billboard, West Hollywood, California, USA

Zaha Hadid Billboard on Sunset Strip
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West Hollywood is in the midst of reconsidering its policies toward billboards on the Sunset Strip—a stretch of street once known for its billboards—potentially adding new rules that would require future ads be more visually exciting, using lighting, three-dimensional elements, moving parts, and/or many other flashy accoutrements, reports In light of that, WeHo’s gotten the ball rolling by starting up a pilot project that would install a striking, temporary billboard at 8775 Sunset Boulevard, a city-owned parcel.

Zaha Hadid Billboard on Sunset Strip design

To decide what would go on the spot, West Hollywood accepted nine proposals and chose four finalists, a press release for the program says.

The four finalists design teams:

– JCDecaux and Zaha Hadid Project Management Ltd.
– Orange Barrel Media/Tom Wiscombe Architecture/MoCA
– Outfront Media/Gensler/MAK Center
– Tait Towers Inc.

The WeHo project page notes that, although architect Zaha Hadid died in March, “her legacy is enduring and embedded in the design studio she created.”

Zaha Hadid Architects Billboard on Sunset Strip

Website: Sunset Strip Billboard by Zaha Hadid Architects

23 May 2016
Penthouse 37 in NYC, 520 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001, United States
Penthouse 37
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Penthouse 37 at 520 West 28th Apartments in Manhattan
Five-bedroom penthouse home of 6,853 sqft with a 2,218 sqft terrace and two private balconies. The lower living level features an oversized, corner master suite complete with two large, windowed dressing rooms and two master baths.

13 + 11 May 2016

Zaha Hadid Retrospective at Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy

May 26 – November 27, 2016

Zaha Hadid Retrospective To Open At Venice Architecture Biennale in Late May

Zaha Hadid Exhibition
image : 1982-83 The Peak Hong Kong

The work of the pioneering architect will receive an impromptu retrospective at the upcoming Architecture Biennale in Venice, the New York Times reports.

Opening on May 28, the Biennale will host a 10-room exhibition at the Palazzo Franchetti . Financed by Fondazione Berengo, a Venetian glass-making foundation, the exhibition will celebrate the architect’s 35-year-long career, showcasing both unrealized and in-progress projects, including the Port House Headquarters in Antwerp, and an apartment building on the High Line (Hadid’s first New York project). The show will also highlight a circa-1985 proposal to transform Trafalgar Square in London.

All of Zaha’s completed buildings will be shown, as well, via her own paintings, paper and 3D-printed models, drawings, photographs, and videos.

According to the New York Times, discussion of the exhibition began in October 2015 when the architect designed vase-like sculptures (that are as-yet unproduced) for Fondazione Berengo’s glassmaking studio. She wanted to put on a small show that focused on the new technologies and computational design methods employed by her London-based firm. But after her death on March 31, the firm decided to pivot the show into an overview of her career.

May 26 – November 27

Zaha Hadid Retrospective

The Guggenheim Museum in New York ran a Hadid retrospective in 2006, as did the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2015.

12 May 2016
Kurt Schwitters Retrospective, Zurich, Switzerland

An exhibition designed by ZHA for a major retrospective of artist Kurt Schwitters opens in Zurich in June.

‘Kurt Schwitters: Merz’
Galerie Gmurzynska
12 June – 30 September

The gallery states: “This collaboration results from the idea of an architectural homage by Zaha Hadid to the famous ‘Merz Bau’ of Kurt Schwitters. Having successfully realised a similar project seven years ago, where Hadid transformed Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich into a suprematist space in reference to Kasimir Malevich, this collaborative project pays tribute to the second important artistic influence on Hadid’s work – Kurt Schwitters.”

11 May 2016
Heathrow Airport Expansion Architects Shortlist, London, England
Heathrow Airport Expansion Architects Shortlist News
Heathrow names four architecture studios – including practices Zaha Hadid Architects, Grimshaw, HOK and Benoy – on shortlist for a ’hub airport of the future’ concept as part of its expansion plans, reports the Architect’s Journal.

10 May 2016
RIBA International Awards 2016 Longlist
ZHA in RIBA International Awards Longlist
30 Buildings Selected – The longlist includes:
Heydar Aliyev Centre Baku, Azerbaijan, by Zaha Hadid Architects and DiA Holding
Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hung Hom, Hong Kong

10 May 2016
Aga Khan Award for Architecture, International
Building by ZHA shortlisted for Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Issam Fares Institute Building by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Issam Fares Institute, Beirut
Issam Fares Institute, Beirut is one of the 19 shortlisted architectural projects for the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, selected from amongst 348 projects, will be competing for US$ 1 million in prize money.

6 May 2016
Masaryk Railway Station Area Regeneration, Prague, Czech Republic
Masaryk Railway Station Area Regeneration
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Masaryk Railway Station Area Renewal by ZHA
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has worked with local partners and the city of Prague to develop the design that regenerates a brownfield urban site adjacent to the city’s Masaryk Railway Station that has stood derelict for several decades, returning the site to active use.

26 Apr 2016
Sberbank Technopark in Skolkovo Innovation Centre, Moscow, Russia
Sberbank Technopark Competition Moscow design by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Sberbank Technopark Competition winning design by Zaha Hadid Architects
The results of the international competition to create the architectural concept for Sberbank’s technopark in Skolkovo Innovation Centre have been announced.

25 Apr 2016
Maritime Terminal in Salerno, Italy
Maritime Terminal in Salerno
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Maritime Terminal Salerno Building
Inauguration – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pays tribute to Zaha Hadid

21 Apr 2016
Messe Hall 3C in Nuremberg, Germany

Construction begins on NürnbergMesse Hall 3C

Messehalle 3A
photograph : Heiko Stahl

NürnbergMesse is one of the world’s largest exhibition companies with a portfolio of over 120 national and international exhibitions and congresses that include 30,000 exhibitors and 1.4 million visitors who attend in their own, partner and guest events of the NürnbergMesse Group.

3 Apr + 31 Mar 2016

Zaha Hadid

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

Dame Zaha Hadid 1950-2016

Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid, DBE died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning. She had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital.

Phaeno Science Centre:
Phaeno Science Centre
photograph : Werner Huthmacher

Speaking today RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

“This is absolutely terrible news. Dame Zaha Hadid was an inspirational woman, and the kind of architect one can only dream of being. Visionary and highly experimental, her legacy despite her young age, is formidable. She leaves behind a body of work from buildings to furniture, footwear and cars, that delight and astound people all around the world. It was only last month that I had the enviable task of awarding Zaha the 2016 Royal Gold Medal for architecture – she was delighted to receive the recognition and adds the medal to an amazing collection of awards, not least winning the RIBA Stirling Prize two years running. The world of architecture has lost a star today.”

This film shows some of the people and projects of Zaha Hadid Architects. It aims to convey the ideas and ambitions behind ZHA work. Some of their academic design research, with students from AADRL and Vienna University of Applied Arts, is also featured:

Published on 15 Sep 2014

Galaxy Soho building, China:
Galaxy Soho building
photo : Hufton and Crow

March 31, 2016

The Pritzker Family and the Pritzker Architecture Prize organization are deeply saddened by the passing of Dame Zaha Hadid.

DDP Seoul building:
DDP Seoul building
photo : Virgile Simon Bertrand

Tom Pritzker, Chairman of the Hyatt Foundation which sponsors the prize, said, “Zaha represented the highest aspirations of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She combined her vision and intellect with a force of personality that left no room for complacency. She made a real difference.”

BMW Central Building interior:
BMW Central Building interior
photo : Hélène Binet

The Chair of the Jury of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury, Lord Peter Palumbo said, “The world of culture has lost a standard-bearer for the art of architecture. Zaha Hadid fought prejudice all her life with great success. And this, in addition to her genius as an architect, will secure her legacy for all time.”

DDP Seoul building:
DDP, Seoul
photo : Virgile Simon Bertrand

Hadid was the 2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate, recognized for her extraordinary talent and prodigious artistic outpouring. She also served on the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury in 2012.

Zaha Hadid
photo : Giovanna Silva

The globally-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid receives the 2016 Royal Gold Medal for architecture, the first woman to be awarded the prestigious honour in her own right.

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‘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:

Wangjing Soho wins Excellence Award from CITAB-CTBUH 2016 Best Tall Building China
Wangjing SOHO tall building
image © CCDI
CITAB-CTBUH 2016 Best Tall Building China – 6 Mar + 27 Feb 2016
The China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announce the award recipients for the inaugural CITAB-CTBUH 2016 China Tall Building Awards. With the support of the Architectural Society of China and the Architectural Society of China Shanghai, the first year of this regionally focused awards program was very successful, with numerous high-quality projects entering into the running under six categories of recognition.

Zaha Hadid, Judith Turner: A Dialogue
Published by Axel Menges

Zaha Hadid, Judith Turner: A Dialogue

Photography © Zaha Hadid Architects & Judith Turner

Featuring drawings of six early architectural works by Zaha Hadid and photographs by Judith Turner of the completed projects, with an essay by Joseph Giovannini and texts by Zaha Hadid and Judith Turner.

(68pp. with 83 illus., 280 x 300 mm, hard-cover) ISBN 978-3-936681-91-8

The works include:
Bitar Furniture (1985-1986)
Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany (1991-1993)
The Great Utopia installation, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (1992-1993)
Landesgartenschau Pavilion, Weil am Rhein, Germany (1996-1999)
Mind Zone installation, London, UK (1998-2000)
Hoenheim Nord Terminus, Strasbourg, France (1998-2001)

“I don’t think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.” Zaha Hadid.

“I use architecture as subject matter to create spare, ambiguous and abstract photographs that do not explain buildings, but rather interpret them.” Judith Turner.
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
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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.

26 Feb 2013
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.

24 Jan 2013
Saint Antony’s College, Oxford, England
Saint Antony's College Oxford
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Saint Antony’s College Oxford
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.

4 Apr 2013
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.

17 Jan 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.

11 Jan 2013
Beko Masterplan, Belgrade, Serbia
Beko Masterplan Building Design
image : ZHA
Beko Masterplan
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.

27 Nov 2012
London Olympic Aquatics Centre – Building Update, UK
London Olympic Pool
photo : Hufton + Crow
London Olympics Buildings
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.

14 Nov 2012
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
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

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Zaha Hadid Architects – All Projects + Practice Information

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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

Location: 10 Bowling Green Lane, London, EC1R 0BQ, UK

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

London Architect Studio

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