On hearing the news of Zaha Hadid’s death, author Kathy Lette tweeted: “Hadid’s beautiful, undulating feminine designs proved that you didn’t need a phallic edifice complex to be a brilliant architect”.
These are some architectural structures from Zaha Hadid that prove those tributes correct:
London Aquatics Centre, UK. The swimming centre gulped a total £269m. It was built for the 2012 Olympics in Stratford, east London. It houses two pools each measuring 50 meters. The Guardian referred to it as the “most jaw-dropping municipal swimming pool in the world”.
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, Azerbaijan. In 2014, Hadid won the London Design Museum’s Design of the Year award for this edifice in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.
Messner Mountain Museum, Italy. This structure was completed last year by Zaha Hadid in Italy.
Guangzhou Opera House, China. In 2010 Hadid received commendations at the completion of the design and erecting the Guangzhou Opera House in China.
Even an architectural critic Jonathan Glancey who writes for the The Guardian called it “at once highly theatrical and insistently subtle”. CNN described the same building as “cosmic”with inspiration drawn by the River Pearl, which it overlooks. Hadid compared the work to two rocks washed up from the Pearl River and deposited on its bank.
Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi.
The bridge spans the Maqtah Channel. It’s name was derived from Abu Dhabi’s chief architect and former president. The cost of the 842-meter bridge was £200m.