Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE is an Iraqi-British architect. In 2004 she became the first woman recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 she was made a dame. This woman is a DAME!!!
Dame Zaha Hadid is the uncrowned queen of contemporary iconic architecture. Using modern sensibilities with organic design, Zaha thrives at the forward edge of architecture design. Her buildings practically scream, “I’m a Hadid”. A bona fide autrice, Hadid is without a doubt the world’s most famous woman in a starchitect stratosphere strangely dominated by her masculine peers. Her buildings are distinctively neofuturistic, characterised by the “powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures” with “multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life”.
In 2014 the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, designed by her, won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award, making her the first woman to win the top prize in that competition. In 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in her own right.
Today, Zaha Hadid Architects create landmarks projects for all types of functional programs. Their buildings are never bland or mundane, but moreover assertive statements of a particular view, that the world may indeed look different. Their efforts have resulted in a staggering almost one thousand projects throughout the globe, in every scale, from urban design schemes to objects and furniture design.
Along with her strong conceptual and historical awareness, nature’s forms and shapes appear as a recurrent source of inspiration for Zaha Hadid’s architecture. It includes attention to physical contexts and landscapes, whether resulting in layered structures or powerful moving lines but also exploring possible interfaces between patterns and construction.
NYC is getting a Zaha Hadid building of our own soon, the luxury condos going up on 28th street at the Highline. Construction is underway, but they are on the market! Condos starting at $4.3 Million, and the penthouses going for $35 million. Here’s a sneak peak at some renderings:
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Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre
She is currently professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria.