15 Zaha Hadid Award Winning Architect Architectural Marvels


Today we look at mesmerizing design on the
grandest of scales, as we take a walk down memory lane to explore the life and works
of architect Zaha Hadid. From contemporary museums to Olympic ski jumps
and swimming centers, Hadid really did it all through her established and ground-breaking
career. I’m Glen and here are 15 architectural marvels
from the woman herself. Hadid was one of the architectural minds of
her generation and was famed for pushing the boundaries of urban design. She was born in 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq and
studied mathematics at the American University in Beirut. She moved to London in 1972 to study architecture
at the Architectural Association and never looked back, winning many prestigious awards
and designing countless outstanding structures during her time. The Iraqi-British architect sadly passed away
in 2016 after suffering a heart attack, at the age of 65, but not before earning her
Damehood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. Number Fifteen Perhaps the height of Zaha Hadid’s architectural
career, but that’s only because it takes a whopping 455 steps to reach the summit of
the main tower. However, if you prefer, you can simply take
a funicular up the tower to the café, restaurant, and viewing platform. Not only is the shimmering and sleek metal
design dynamic to look at, but the ski jump is also extremely practical. In fact, the Bergisel has been used in two
separate Winter Olympic Games, showing the regard the structure is held in. It has also been used to hold countless international
competitions over the years, attracting spectators from all around the world. Designed by Hadid in 2001, this will definitely
be used for many years to come. Number Fourteen This building is the very first contemporary
art institution designed by a woman, so it made history from the second it was opened. Hadid won the contract back in the late 1990s,
with the center eventually opening in Cincinnati in 2003. Hadid was keen to treat the building as a
kind of ‘urban carpet’ and wanted visitors to be drawn in and allowed to gently meander
around the sloping part. The exterior too screams modern urban art,
with its eye-catching block design and the contrast between the white and black colors. Number Thirteen Located in Wolfsburg, Germany, this science
center looks like a science fiction spaceship from both the inside and out. Hadid was able to secure the contract for
the building after winning an international competition. The project cost nearly $90 million and took
around four and a half years to build from start to finish. One of the stand-out architectural triumphs
of the undulating center is the crater landscape in the main gallery space that allows breath-taking
diagonal views of the exhibition area. Number Twelve Sticking with art and exhibition, this next
architectural wonder came after 30 long years of elaborate research, planning, and testing
from Hadid. Part of the bridge had to be assembled on
the river bank in Zaragoza, Spain, to avoid having to place scaffolding in the water. Since opening to the public, the Bridge Pavilion
not only connects one side of the river Ebro to the other, but it also features a selection
of exhibition halls along the way. Number Eleven From one Bridge to another, with this next
one located in the United Arab Emirates. The Sheikh Zayed Bridge was plagued with delays
and budget overruns throughout its construction and was eventually opened in 2010, over three
years after the initial aim. The bridge itself was made up of three main
steel arches and held two four-lane carriageways. Number Ten The National Museum of Arts in the 21st Century,
or the MAXXI project, was supposed to establish the very first institution in Italy exclusively
catering for contemporary art and architecture. This structure was particularly ground-breaking,
as it started Italy on a path towards new private and public centers and museums for
modern and contemporary arts. Until this point, the country had largely
celebrated old heritage art in the majority of its museums. Number Nine This next design looks at its best when lit
up in the cover of darkness, with its shimmering honeycomb windows looking like the tail of
a mermaid. The building holds a 1,800 seat auditorium
with the latest acoustic technology for the very best sounds, as well as a 400-seat multifunction
hall for performance art and concerts. Hadid’s beautiful design was inspired by
natural landscapes and the principles of erosion, geology and river valleys. Number Eight With an eye-catching zig-zag design, this
unique structure houses a museum of transport with more than 3,000 different exhibits. At either side of the museum sits a 36-meter
high glazed window. The cross-section of this outline is designed
to look like a silhouetted cityscape, a throwback to the cultural foundations that define the
city of Glasgow. The undulating rooftop continues on the inside
too, with visitors able to follow the strips on green lighting tubes like a pathway. Number Seven From the outside, the SOHO building looks
like it is named aptly, giving off the appearance of a space-age colony headquarters in another
Galaxy. In fact, this particular design can be found
in Beijing, China, and houses 330,000 meters squared of office, retail, and entertainment
space. The five towering pods are connected via stretched
bridges, allowing for quick travel between each one, but also some breath-taking views. The Galaxy SOHO really could be a hub for
humanity on another planet. Number Six The Broad Art Museum really is a masterpiece
in angles and lighting, with one of the sloped outer walls seemingly defying gravity. The contemporary art museum opened in 2012
and is dedicated to culture, art, and education in the Michigan area. However, the art is not restricted to within
the walls, as the architecture itself is a work of sheer magnificence. The pleated stainless steel and glass sloping
walls stand out against the boring brick buildings like a swan among ducks. Number Five https://www.howtopronounce.com/azerbaijan/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikbYyPvM5iM Located in Baku, Azerbaijan, it is safe to
say you will never gaze upon a piece of architecture like this again. Yet another competition-winning design by
Hadid, the Center was built to be the primary location for national culture programs, expressing
the aspiration and optimism of the country. The center holds a 1000-seat auditorium, a
conference center, workshops, a museum, and exhibition spaces across eight floors. This design cost around $250 million, took
five years to build and stands 74 meters tall. Number Four The Innovation Tower is home to both the Jockey
Club Design Institute for Social Design and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School
of Design. The 15-story tower includes workshops, labs,
design studios, classrooms, lecture theatres, and a communal lounge. The combination of white panels and huge glass
windows stands out against the dull red-brick surroundings, representing the forward thinking
of the minds within. Number Three https://www.howtopronounce.com/dongdaemun/
This Plaza turns from a solid grey building in the day to a twinkling animated light show
by night. Hadid used aluminum panels across the outside
of the building in order to create this reflective effect. It became the first building in Korea to use
this 3-dimensional digital design method. Located in Seoul, South Korea, the building
was designed to be a hub for art, design, and technology. It is also now renowned for its sky lounge,
and 24-hour shopping and café facilities, making it an attraction for all ages. Number Two Built as part of the United Kingdom’s London
2012 Olympic Games, the aquatic center was the hub for many of the world’s greatest
swimmers through the games. The undulating roof was designed to mimic
the movement of water in wave form. The aquatics center is linked to the main
Olympic Park via bridges. Many will remember seeing the great Michael
Phelps storm to four Olympic golds for the US in this very pool. Number One Located in Antwerp, Belgium, the Port Authority
looks like one building on top of another, and that’s because that is exactly what
it is. The new port house was a renovation and addition
to the original derelict fire station, turning it into a shiny new port headquarters. Antwerp is Europe’s second largest shipping
port, with 12km of docks and handling 26% of all European container shipping. And there we have it, 15 ground-breaking and
career-defining architectural designs from the mind of one of our finest architects,
Zaha Hadid. Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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