Today the world lost one of the most visionary architects of this era. World-renowned Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid had the eye for form and function, and she left behind an impressive body of work that shaped people’s imaginations as well as city skylines.
The British, Baghdad-born Hadad opened her practice Zaha Hadid Architects in 1979. Notable works around the world include the London Aquatics Center, the Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan, the Guangzhou Opera House, London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery, and the Messner Mountain Museum in the Dolomites.
Her sweeping curves and modern lines are breathtakingly expressive and flowing, showcasing her ability to turn imposing structures into something poetic. From her first fully-realized project – a German fire station which a winged roof which later became an event space – to being the first woman to win the architectural world’s most prestigious Pritzker Prize award, Hadid left this world as an icon, an architect for whom nothing was too impossible to build.
Guangzhou Opera House, China