The astonishing neo-futuristic architecture of Zaha Hadid
The work of the most famous woman in the architectural world is truly ingenious.
Zaha Hadid is one of the most prominent architects of our time. In 2004 she became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize — the award that is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture.
Professor Hadid is currently very busy turning her brilliant ideas and designs into reality around the world. You sure won’t mix her buildings up with somebody else’s, thanks above all to their distinctively neo-futuristic appearance. Multiple sharp angles and fragmented geometry give the impression that her designs came from outer space.
We selected some of the best works of Zaha Hadid. We’re certain that you’ll be just as impressed by the genius of this outstanding woman as we are. Some of the following are completed projects, while others are still ongoing or conceptual.
The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan
Built in 2013, the Heydar Aliyev Center is a modern cultural center, which has already become a new symbol of Azerbaijan and its capital Baku, in particular. It is a complex structure with an auditorium, a museum, concert hall, exhibition halls and administrative offices.
The Riverside Museum of Glasgow, Scotland
The Glasgow Museum of Transport is one of Zaha Hadid’s completed projects. Initially, there was a plan to open the museum in 2009, but the construction process was suspended due to an economic crisis. It took almost seven years to finish the project, but — as you can see — it was totally worth it.
The 2022 FIFA world cup stadium, Qatar
The stadium in the port city of Al-Wakrah is part of a huge construction site which covers an area of 585,000 square meters. With a seating capacity of 40,000, the stadium also has a removable upper tier which will help to either reduce or expand the capacity by a factor of two after the championship.
The King Abdullah metro station, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The capital of Saudi Arabia will soon welcome this gold-plated, ultra-luxurious new metro station. According to Zaha Hadid, while working on the project she found her inspiration in the dunes of Saudi Arabia and their smooth contours and curves. There is a plan to implement a new pass system to avoid crowding during rush hour.
The Beko Masterplan multifunctional complex, Belgrade, Serbia
This is a huge architectural complex of apartments, offices and recreational areas located on the territory of an old abandoned textile factory. The building will become a new, central landmark of Belgrade. In addition to the aforementioned facilities, the complex will also include a five-star hotel, conference hall, galleries and shops, as well as underground parking for guests and residents of the city.
520 West 28th Street luxury condos, Manhattan, USA
These luxury condos in Manhattan constitute an L-shaped building, with the inner corner producing a zigzag pattern that will separate the building into two blocks. All 37 apartments with an area of up to 510 square meters each and a ceiling height of more than 3 meters will be located on the 11th floor. The building will also have a spa, a garden, and an indoor pool.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
The design for Hong Kong university is set to become a new architectural landmark of that amazing city, with its numerous educational centers and research laboratories. The flowing curves of the building symbolize the dynamics of present and future scientific achievements, helping to produce an impressive visual effect.
The new Beethoven Symphony Hall, 2020, Bonn, Germany
The team working under Zaha Hadid is currently aiming to improve the existing building of German architect Siegfried Wolske. The new design has two transparent facades facing the river. They also have a plan to construct terraces around the building, so that the performances can take place in the open air.
‘City of Dreams’ Hotel Tower, Macau, China
The two towers of the hotel are connected at both the roof and the base. With a total area of 150,000 square meters, the building has 780 rooms, suites and penthouses, as well as numerous conference halls, gambling halls, a lobby, restaurants, a spa and outdoor pools. Its panoramic elevators will make it possible to enjoy the views of Macau right from the top of the tower. Construction began in 2013, and the big opening is scheduled for early 2017.
Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre, China
The ensemble of the ‘Grand Theater’, a Contemporary Art Museum and the ‘Small Theatre’, a Multipurpose Hall, will appear beside Meixi Lake in Changsha, China. The spacious central plaza will be taken up by three separate buildings, as well as numerous restaurants and shops.
Signature Towers, Dubai, UAE
These giant skyscrapers are set to become a new business center in Dubai. The towers will contain offices, a hotel and a shopping mall.
Opus Office Tower, Abu-Dhabi, UAE
This 93-meter-high, 21-story building is shaped like a giant hollow cube that seems to levitate above the ground. It is equipped with a unique backlighting system that makes the building look completely differently at night compared to the daytime: During the day it appears to be hollow, whereas the space is filled with lights at night.
2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium, Japan
The new Tokyo Olympic stadium will substitute the old stadium, built for the previous Olympic Games held in Japan in 1964. It will become the main Olympic venue in the land of the rising sun — and the design is suitably impressive. With a total area of 290,000 square meters, it is designed to hold up to 80,000 people. The construction is scheduled to be finished by 2018.
The Burnham Pavillion, Chicago, USA
The pavilion is a tribute to the famous American city planner Daniel Burnham. Audio and video installations will be on display inside the building showing the history and development of Chicago, from its earliest past to its bright future.
A private residence in Barvikha, Russia
This spaceship-like private house named ‘Capital Hill Residence’ was built on a north-facing hillside in Barvikha, Russia. The house is located in the middle of a pine forest and features a smart mixture of modern technology and natural forms. With a total area of 2,650 square meters, its two 22-meter-high towers contain numerous bedrooms and living rooms, while the basement floor boasts Finnish and Russian saunas, a gym and a guest room.
Photograph source: Zaha Hadid official website