Regarded as the greatest female architect in the world, Dame Zaha Hadid pushed the boundaries of contemporary urban design. In honor of her legacy, we're taking a look at Hadid's most groundbreaking work.
Hadid designed the Bridge Pavillion for the Zaragoza Expo 2008, an exhibit dedicated to water conservation and sustainable development.
points out that Hadid's Dongdaemun Design Plaza, completed in 2014, was "the first public project in Korea to utilize 3-Dimensional Building Information Modeling."
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According to the , these panoramic gondola stations, built in 2007, mirror the terrain of the Alps in the winter.
Gondolas travel through a tunnel and over a bridge across the river to reach the Hungerburg Funicular, located 860 meters about sea level.
Winter athletes flock to the Bergisel Ski Jump, renovated in 2002, which includes a restaurant, viewing terrace and ski jump starting ramp.
Completed in 2010, the CMA-CGM building was the Zaha Hadid Architects built.
Ms. Hadid won the Danish Ministry of Culture's competition to design a new extension on museum grounds in 2001. The building is cast in black lava, and may appear to change in color and texture as the weather changes.
Three government departments in Montpellier, France, are housed in this building, which, according to , contains a multimedia library, public archive, and sports department. It was completed in 2012.
Designed to showcase performances of Johann Sebastian Bach's chamber music at the in 2009, the project resembles a suspended ribbon.
The , completed in 2013, consists of five continuous retail and entertainment complexes linked by bridges.
Hadid was commissioned to create a public sculpture in Chicago's to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham's "Plan of Chicago" in 2008.
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Ms. Hadid was awarded her second Stirling Prize for this school — which integrates the track and sports fields throughout the campus buildings – in 2011.
Ms. Hadid earned the Stirling Prize for her design of Rome's National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (MAXXI), completed in 2009. A reviewer at wrote that the walls of the museum change in depth as they curve.
According to , the zig-zagged building, located next to the River Clyde, "flows from the city to the river; symbolizing a dynamic relationship where the museum is the voice of both, connecting the city to the river and also the transition from one to the other." The project, completed in 2011, was Hadid's first major public commission in the United Kingdom.
Inspired by moving water, the was designed in 2004, well before London won the bid to host the Olympic Games in 2012. As the spectator seats were not part of the original design plan, wings were later added to fit an audience of 17,500.
Ms. Hadid was the first woman awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects' Royal Gold Medal in 2016 for this wave-like building, which was completed in 2012.
The 1,800 seat Opera House, which opened to the public in 2010, was influenced by the way river valleys are weathered by erosion, Hadid .
The contemporary art gallery, renovated in 2013, integrates a renovated 19th-century gunpowder store integrated with a "21st-century tensile structure," according to .