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“What does it mean to be a ‘visionary’ architect?”

29 Mar


Zaha Hadid is a notable British Iraqi deconstructivist architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design.



 Zaha Hadid’s built work has won her much academic and public acclaim. Her best known projects to date are the Vitra Fire Station and the LFone pavilion in Weil am Rhein, Germany (1993/1999), a housing project for IBA-Block 2 in Berlin, Germany (1993), the Mind Zone at the Millennium Dome, Greenwich, London, UK (1999), a TramStation and Car Park in Strasbourg, France (2001), a Ski Jump in Innsbruck, Austria (2002) and the Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, US (2003).

She has also completed furniture and interiors: Bitar, London(1985); Moonsoon Restaurant, Sapporo (1990); Z-Play (2002) and Z-Scape (2000) furniture manufactured by Sawaya and Moroni; and the Tea and Coffee Towers for Alessi (2003). Her temporary structures include: Folly in Osaka (1990); Music Video Pavilion in Groningen, Netherlands (1990); a Pavilion for Blueprint Magazine at Interbuild, Birmingham (1995); the installation Meshworks at the Villa Medici, Rome, Italy (2000) the summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2000); and the R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain (2001); and a snow and ice installation at the Snow Show, Lapland (2004).

 Best known for her seminal built works (Vitra Fire Station, Land Formation-One, Bergisel Ski Jump,Strasbourg Tram Station and Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati) her central concerns involve a simultaneous engagement in practice, teaching and research. stage sets: Pet Shop Boys World Tour (1999/2000); Metapolis, for Charleroi Dance.

I really like her style… She combines sharp edges and flexible curves to create a balance between two contrasts.Forbes announced her as one of the world’s 100 most powerful women and I think she really deserves  it because she is the first woman architect who won Pritzker Architecture Award. (^ Forbes: The World’s 100 Most  Powerful Women) To know about her current projects I suggest you to visit her website http://www.zaha-hadid.com/. You’ll see that she also has a verywell designed personal site …