IN: Inspiration


A tribute to the great Zaha Hadid.


Zaha Hadid, one of the leading stars of contemporary architecture, died suddenly on 31 March. Her passing leaves a void in the lives of her loved ones and colleagues; but she has also left an impressive legacy of groundbreaking architecture and award-winning creativity. In this post, we feature some of her most iconic buildings in which concrete plays a starring role. London Aquatics Centre, London, United Kingdom
Completed for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Aquatic Centre was inspired by water in motion – its fluidity and undulation reflected in the roof that sweeps up from the ground like a wave. The Centre houses three pools under a single architectural volume.

Photo © Hufton + Crow

Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, South Korea This project forms a cultural hub comprising art and exhibition halls, a conference hall, design museum, design labs and a design market. The building was designed to integrate the plaza seamlessly with the park that surrounds it, blurring the line between architecture and nature.

Photo © Virgile Simon Bertrand

Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan Baku’s architectural roots were heavily influenced by Soviet-era planning. This building was explicitly designed to shake off that rigid legacy and to express the culture and optimism of a future-looking nation. The undulating, bifurcated and folding form of this mixed-use cultural centre creates a welcoming embrace for visitors and establishes a continuous relationship between the interior and the surrounding plaza.

Photo © Helen Binet

MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy This 30,000m2 museum replaced an army barracks building and was designed so that the visitor experiences the space, rather than simply moves through it in an object-oriented manner. Circulation through the building is intertwined with the urban context, giving it a physical relationship with the city.


Messner Mountain Museum Corones, South Tyrol, Italy The Messner Mountain Museum Corones is embedded within the summit of Mount Kronplatz and explores the traditions, history and discipline of mountaineering. Informed by the shards of rock and ice of the surrounding landscape, with canopies constructed from steel-reinforced concrete, the design allows visitors to “descend within the mountain to explore its caverns and grottos, before merging through the mountain wall on the other side, on to the terrace overhanging the valley with spectacular panoramic views.”

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Rest in peace, Dame Hadid. Thank you for your contribution to the world’s architectural heritage.

REFERENCES: Heydar Aliyey Centr MAXXI Museum London Aquatics Centre Dongdaemun Design Plaza Messner Mountain Museum


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