The Iraqi-born British architect, also known as the “Queen of the Curve” for her modern, curving designs, is an iconic figure in the architecture world. Zaha Hadid became the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, and also received numerous other awards and honors for her legendary career. She was also named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DME) in 2012 and becameBto earn the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal in 2015.

In her honor, we’re sharing the TOP 8 of her most iconic and breathtaking structures that have left an important print in the architecture and design community.

1Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center

Zaha Hadid Architects was appointed as design architects of the Heydar Aliyev Center following a competition in 2007. The Center, designed to become the primary building for the nation’s cultural programs, breaks from the rigid and often monumental Soviet architecture that is so prevalentin Baku, aspiring instead to express the sensibilities of Azeri culture and the optimism of a nation that looks to the future.

2Port Authority

The Port House is the head office of the Antwerp Port Authority. The office building is at the Zaha Hadidplein 1, which has been named after architect Dame Zaha Hadid, who died unexpectedly a couple of months before completion of the building. The new building symbolises the dynamic, reliable, ambitious and innovative nature of the Port of Antwerp. It is the daily workplace of 500 employees of the Port Authority and it acts as a meeting place for the many international contacts of the Antwerp port community.

3Innovation Tower 

The Jockey Club Innovation Tower is a new school of design building for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University which offers a creative and multidisciplinary environment. The building is located on a very tight and irregular site on the north side of the campus. It creates an accessible urban space which transforms how Hong Kong Polytechnic University is perceived and the way it uses its campus. The building projects a vision of possibilities for its future, as well as reflecting on the history of the university by encapsulating in its architecture the process of change.

4Leeza SOHO

The project is notable for its 190-meter tall atrium, which rises the full height of the building, uniting two twisting sections which contain 172,800 square meters of office and residential space. At the base of the tower, a new transit hub straddles a subway tunnel that is currently under construction.

The form of the design is guided by the surrounding city: at the base of the tower, the two sections are split to align with the new subway tunnel. As the tower rises, the atrium twists 45 degrees to align with Lize Road, a major road in southwest Beijing.

5One Thousand Museum

The One Thousand Museum was Zaha Hadid’s first residential tower in the Western Hemisphere, and one the final projects designed by Hadid in her lifetime. The scheme contains a range of residential options, including half-floor and full-floor residences, duplex townhomes, and a single duplex penthouse. The tower is the first building in the United States to utilize glass-fiber-reinforced concrete as a permanent formwork, with 5,000 pieces shipped from Dubai early in the construction process.

6CMA CGM Tower

Zaha Hadid Architects’ first built tower, the CMA CGM Headquarters in Marseille, France, is most immediately notable for its vertical form. The curving profiles on the exterior facades work with the central core of the building, bringing a rigid frame and a sense of movement to this completely new typology of tower.

7Ordrupgaard

The Ordrupgaard art museum is situated 10 km north of Copenhagen and houses one of Northern Europe’s most considerable collections of Danish and French art from the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The museum is composed of buildings from early 20th century, completed in 2005, as well as an outdoor art park which contains work of internationally acclaimed artists.

8520 West 28th Street/Zaha Hadid Building

520 West 28th Street, also known as the Zaha Hadid Building, is located in New York City. Designed by the architect Zaha Hadid, the building was her only residential building in New York and one of her last projects before her death. The building is located along the High Line and is set to have four art galleries located at street level. It also has a sculpture platform with art curated by Friends of the High Line.

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