Cities & Architecture

The Legendary Architect Zaha Hadid is No More. Take a Look at the Amazing Buildings She Made.

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Zaha Hadid. Credit: Simone Cechhetti/Flickr CC BY 2.0

Pritzker prize winning Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid – arguably the most well-known female architect in the world – died on Thursday of a heart attack. She was 65.

Hadid was born in Baghdad in 1950, and grew up in the city. She moved abroad for college, and then launched her architectural career in London. Hadid’s structures – with their distinctive curves and bulges – are visible across the globe, from Baghdad to Guanzhou to Innsbruck.

By 1979, she had established her own practice in London called ‘Zaha Hadid Architects’. Her reputation was reinforced across the world with ground-breaking work including ‘The Peak’ in Hong Kong (1983), the ‘Kurfürstendamm’ in Berlin (1986) and the ‘Cardiff Bay Opera House’ in Wales (1994). Hadid was the first ever female architect to win the coveted Pritzker prize. She was also the first woman to be awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ gold medal in 2016. In addition, she also won the RIBA Stirling prize, among others.

Here’s a look at some of her most iconic structures:

The London Aquatic Centre. Credit: Artur Salisz/Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

The London Aquatic Centre. Credit: Artur Salisz/Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

Library and learning centre, Vienna. Credit: Tim Wang/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Library and learning centre, Vienna. Credit: Tim Wang/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Library and learning centre, Vienna. Credit: Wojtek Gurak/Flickr CC 2.0

Library and learning centre, Vienna. Credit: Wojtek Gurak/Flickr CC 2.0

MAXXI Museum, Rome. Credit: Mariano Mantel/Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

MAXXI Museum, Rome. Credit: Mariano Mantel/Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

Galaxy Soho, Beijing. Credit: Bjarke Liboriussen/Flickr CC BY 2.0

Galaxy Soho, Beijing. Credit: Bjarke Liboriussen/Flickr CC BY 2.0

Temporary contemporary art container, Tokyo. Credit: Shuets Uduno/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Temporary contemporary art container, Tokyo. Credit: Shuets Uduno/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Bridge pavilion, Spain. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Bridge pavilion, Zargoza, Spain. Credit: Juan E De Cristefaro/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Guanzhou Opera House, Guanzhou, China

Guanzhou Opera House, Guanzhou, China

  • ashok759

    Like Shah Jahan, a great builder …