Top 5 Zaha Hadid Building Projects | The B1M


Zaha Hadid was a prominent and somewhat controversial Iraqi architect who passed away in March 2016. It seems strange to talk about her in the
past tense because her influence is still being felt today in the projects she delivered
and those that continue to be progressed by her practice. Now, there are a lot of Zaha Hadid creations
out there and compiling a list of the top five was not easy. To help we imposed some
pretty strict criteria. We’re only focusing on buildings as the title suggests and they
won’t have been featured on The B1M before now. We’re also only allowing one building
per country in the top five, to ensure that we fairly recognise Hadid’s global influence. Architecture is of course very subjective
and this list is purely based on our opinions – please don’t hate us too much. First up is 600 Collins Street, a new mixed
use tower in Melbourne’s financial district. The 54-storey building is formed from a series
of stacked vases that each relate to its various uses; including retail units, commercial office
space and residential apartments. It’s claimed that the building uses 50%
less energy than a conventional mixed use tower of the same height. The filigreed façade
form, together with solar treatment to the glazing, reduces solar gain. There’s a grey
water recycling system and a highly efficient mechanical and electrical installation. It was the achievement of this next building’s
abstract form in such an extreme site position that earned it a place on our list. Sitting 2KM above sea level on Mount Kronplatz
in Northern Italy, Messner Mountain Museum was created by Italian extreme climber Reinhold Messner. The museum’s form is intended to mirror
the shards of rock and ice in the surrounding landscape. Cast in-situ reinforced concrete
canopies create openings for windows, doors and a terrace. Over 4,000 cubic meters of earth were excavated
to enable its construction. This was then replaced once works completed, incorporating
the museum into the mountain and helping to regulate its internal climate throughout the year. Wangjing in north east Beijing is a hub for
Chinese IT and telecommunications businesses. Wangjing Soho is Hadid’s mixed used development
consisting of three towers, the tallest of which rises to 43-storeys. These are intended
to create a cohesive anchor for the Wangjing community, appearing as interweaving mountains
that link the buildings with the landscape. The development is accompanied by a 60,000
square metre public park, further driving social cohesion in the district. Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre doesn’t really need an introduction. It became a globally recognisable building when it hosted events for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Built specifically for the games on the Queen
Elizabeth Olympic Park to the east of the city, the building initially had larger temporary
wings to give it a seating capacity of 17,500. After London 2012 it was dramatically reduced
in scale to its legacy mode and now seats a mere 2,500 people. The facility’s form is inspired by the fluid
geometry of water in motion, but the structure proved extremely challenging to construct.
The impressive roof is widely acknowledged as a significant feat of engineering. Taking our top spot is the breath-taking Heydar
Aliyev Centre in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku. The structure – which is 8-storeys high
in places – is named after the country’s former president. It’s intended to become
the primary building for Azerbaijan’s cultural programmes and provides a large conference
auditorium, gallery space and a museum. The core structure of the building including
the floorplates, stairwells and lift shafts are formed of concrete, whilst the freeform
structure is achieved with a space frame system, clad with glass fibre reinforced concrete panels. Welding equipment in use on the roof was responsible
for the break out of a large fire in 2012. Luckily no one was harmed in the incident
and the building was repaired to its former appearance. The centre’s form is intended to deliberately
contrast with the soviet-era architecture of Baku and seeks to express the optimism
of the Azeri nation, looking toward the future. Notable omissions from our list of course
include Antwerp Port House in Belgium which recently featured in a B1M construction documentary,
and Dongdaemun Design Plaza which was the focus of one of our BIM case studies. There’s also the Serpentine Sackler Gallery,
arguably Hadid’s most successful project in the UK, and Beijing Daxing International
Airport in China, currently one of the world’s largest infrastructure projects. Let us know your favourite Zaha Hadid building
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Comments 4

  • The worst pieces of shit i ever seen

  • Slideshows are a joke, stop doing a 10yr olds job

  • Canton Opera House in China is one of the most special buildings too.

  • I hope everyone reads this:

    I think the whole idea of architecture is not based on who's from what country, there can be people who are overly proud of it and it's normal, but I think every person is responsible of their own individual ideas and talents rather than being related to a certain country. She has inspired me alot and alot of other people not because she's from the same country as me, but because of her works and efforts that she put into her work. And I hope people stop arguing about where she's from and hate on Iraq. It's time to stop the hate and appreciate the buildings and architecture more because architecture is far from causing war, in fact it's the opposite.

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