Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)

Architect known for her radical deconstructivist designs, Zaha Hadid, in 2004 became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

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Zaha Hadid – portrait
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About her life

Dame Zaha Hadid (born October 31, 1950, Baghdad, Iraq—died March 31, 2016, Miami, Florida, U.S.), Iraqi-born British architect known for her radical deconstructivist designs. In 2004 she became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Zaha Hadid Portrait by Marco Grob
Zaha Hadid Portrait by Marco Grob
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Hadid began her studies at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, receiving a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. In 1972 she traveled to London to study at the Architectural Association, a major centre of progressive architectural thought during the 1970s.

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Zaha Hadid – Galaxy SOHO
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Zaha Hadid – Galaxy SOHO
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What were her major works?

Hadid’s first major built project was the Vitra Fire Station (1989–93) in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Composed of a series of sharply angled planes, the structure resembles a bird in flight.

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Vitra Fire Station (1989–93) in Weil am Rhein, Germany.
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Her other built works from this period include a housing project for IBA Housing (1989–93) in Berlin, the Mind Zone exhibition space (1999) at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, London, and the Land Formation One exhibition space (1997–99) in Weil am Rhein.

CityLife is a residential and business district under construction in Milan, Italy. The project is designed by architects Arata Isozaki, Daniel Libeskind and Zaha Hadid
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What are the main features of Hadid’s style?

She became famous for her futuristic architecture characterized by curves, sharp angles, and severe materials such as concrete and steel. In all her projects, Hadid further explored her interest in creating interconnecting spaces and a dynamic sculptural form of architecture.

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The NOVA shoe, designed by Zaha Hadid for United Nude.
The NOVA shoe, designed by Zaha Hadid for United Nude.
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Some of her other famous works