Masterpieces of modern architecture by Zaha Hadid

Journeys | 30.10.2019
Zaha Hadid is called a modern architecture superstar. Construction of one of the buildings of the Zaha Hadid Architects bureau always becomes a great event for the whole world of modern architecture, and Hadid's projects change city image forever. We have collected 20 impressive agency structures of one of the main architects of our time. The guide "Masterpieces of modern architecture by Zaha Hadid" if available in our guide catalog and works offline.
1. Wangjing Soho Business Center
Wangjing Soho Business Center, like many Zaha Hadid Architects buildings, has become a city landmark. In Beijing, people now watch not only the ancient Palace of the Emperor, but also the futuristic skyscrapers.
For the Chinese, these are three carps that symbolize wealth, for the Europeans – glass mountains. The construction was completed in 2014, the complex occupies 115,392 square meters.
2. Sheikh Zayed Bridge
For the technologic and futuristic Arab Emirates, Zaha Hadid agency designed the bridge in Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Zayed Bridge is one of three bridges that connect the mainland of the UAE with the city.
Hadid found inspiration for the creation of the bridge in the sand dunes of the Arab Emirates. Therefore, the structure resembles a wavy horizon reminiscent of a desert. The highest arch of the sine wave is 64 meters above the water level, and the roadway is 20 meters.
3. Riverside Museum
When the Glasgow Transport Museum first opened in 2011, half a million people visited it in a month. Work again causes different associations of people: someone calls it an iceberg; someone calls it a visualized version of movement.
The museum reflects the history of Glasgow's transport development. You can look at the prototypes of trains, trams, buses and other vehicles. The museum also recreates the historic interiors of Glasgow cafes and restaurants of the 19th–20th centuries.
4. Port Authority
Port administration building in Antwerp is an example of the combination of several architectural cultures and times. The Fire Brigade building was constructed in 1922 and a futuristic glass dome was built in 2016.
Antwerp is known as the world center for diamond cutting, and the second city in the world in terms of cargo turnover and container traffic. The symbol of maritime trade is the ship.
These two images inspired the bureau of Zaha Hadid, so Port Authority looks like a huge faceted diamond and a ship at the same time.
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5. Phaeno Science Center
Hadid called this building a series of exploded particles. Phaeno Science Center is a place where the visitor loses his sense of orientation in space due to changing shapes. The walls are narrowing, then becoming wide, forming large spaces.
Most of the scientific installations of the museum can be launched independently. Thus, the organizers of the museum want to more clearly explain the laws of physics.
6. Ordrupgaard museum
Zaha Hadid Bureau of Art Museum Ordrupgaard was designed by order of the Danish Ministry of Culture. The project's chief architect, Ken Bostock, used black lava concrete for the building's image, which gives the building graphic and clarity despite smooth lines.
The Zaha Hadid Architects project is an extension to the historic building of the museum, designed by Gotfred Tvede for the residence of the Hansens' family. The head of the family loved art and collected paintings of famous artists, who later became the basis of the collection.
7. MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts
MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts consists of several divisions: MAXXI-art and MAXXI-architecture. The basis of the MAXXI concrete galleries was the Montello Barracks, which serves as the main entrance to the museum.
Hadid was in love with the natural light of Rome, so the project used a lot of glass to make the space bright. MAXXI Museum of Art received the James Stirling Award, a prize from the British Royal Institute of Architects. The museum collection contains more than 300 works of contemporary artists.
8. London Aquatics Center
Zaha Hadid Bureau designed London Aquatics Center for 2012 Olympic Games. The frame of the building resembles the plasticity of moving waves. Inside, the aesthetics of water forms is also repeated.
The Aquatics Center accommodates two 50-meter swimming pools, one jumping pool and a training ground for practicing on land. The technology of pools itself allows you to change the depth and length due to moving elements.
9. Library and Learning Centre
The campus of Vienna University of Economics is a must on the map for anyone interested in architecture. The buildings were built by six world-famous architectural studios. Such a project cost 492 million euros and turned the campus into a concentration of modern architecture.
The design of the library and training center was the responsibility of Zaha Hadid architectural bureau. The building consists of two facades at an angle, symbolizing the ongoing dynamics and movement.
10. Jockey Club Innovation Tower of Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The futuristic building was the debut of Zaha Hadid in Hong Kong. The building was built in the northeastern part of the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Inside, there is a design school that accommodates more than 1800 students and staff, multifunctional rooms, studios, lecture halls, a lounge area and a design museum.
11. Hungerburgbahn funicular stations
Innsbruck in Austria is surrounded by mountains and is full of ski resorts, so cableways are common here.
In 2007, with the development of skiing culture, the government of Innsbruck decided to modernize the old cableway and announced a competition that the Hadid Bureau won. The project consists of a cableway and four recognizable futuristic stations: Congress, Löwenhaus, Alpenzoo and Hungerburg. Design is united by one theme: all stations resemble snow slopes.
12. Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
Many buildings designed by Zaha Hadid architectural agency leave a mark on the whole architecture of a city. It happened so with Baku. Zaha Hadid considered the project of Heydar Aliyev cultural center one of her main works. Hadid space architecture was a shock for Baku and it quickly turned into a new city attraction.
The area of the main building occupies 57.5 thousand square meters, the roof consists of 2027 different geometric shapes. Here, as in other Hadid projects, curved lines and flowing shapes prevail.
The center itself consists of three spaces: The museum dedicated to a politician, a space for performances "Auditorium" and several exhibition halls. The London Design Museum recognized the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center as "Project of the Year" in 2014.
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13. Guangzhou Opera House
Another Zaha Hadid agency spacecraft changed the perception of the architecture of local people in Guangzhou in 2011, despite other unusual buildings in the city.
The large opera hall is designed for 1800 seats, the small hall for 1400. Hadid was inspired by natural forms, so the two buildings of the opera house were built in the form of smooth pebble stones.
14. Galaxy Soho Complex
Galaxy Soho multifunctional complex in Beijing was built from 2009 to 2012. The building consists of five domed structures covering an area of 330,000 square meters, which are connected by passages. Due to the round shapes, a feeling of continuous movement is created inside the complex. Like many Hadid agency buildings, Galaxy Soho Complex resembles smooth giant stones or mountains.
On 3 underground and 15 above-ground floors there are lots of places located. From parking lots and office premises to shops and restaurants on the upper floors.
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15. Evelyn Grace Academy
Zaha Hadid's Brixton project brings together four schools. Four small buildings combine to form a solid space with treadmills and sports fields in the center.
Thanks to the horizontal design, it is easier to move around buildings, because you do not have to constantly use stairs. Hadid received the Sterling Award for the Academy project in Brixton. This was her second award. The first was awarded for the 21st Century National Museum of Art MAXXI in Rome.
16. Dongdaemun Design Plaza Park
Hadid's project of the Cultural Center in Seoul is not only a building, but also a large public space. A huge area (30,000 square meters) is occupied by the park.
The facade of the DDP building consists of 45,133 aluminum panels of various shapes. Parametric modeling was used in the design, this allows you to arrange light shows outside the building.
The building consists of four underground and eight above-ground floors. Inside there are public spaces, conference rooms, children's centers and laboratories. The neo-futuristic building opened in 2014 for Korean Fashion Week.
17. Dominion Tower
The only public space in Russia designed by Zaha Hadid is an office center in southeast Moscow. The project took 10 years to be completed. In her architectural projects, Hadid was often inspired by the Russian avant-garde: Malevich and Lissitzky. Therefore, the first building in Russia became a landmark event.
The facade of the building is associated with shifted tectonic plates, the floors inside are connected by white stairs with contrasting black steps. Dominion Tower consists of 7 floors and underground parking for 150 cars. Getting inside is not so easy – there is a throughput system at the entrance.
18. CityLife Complex
CityLife residential complex was designed by several famous architects besides Zaha Hadid. By the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and American architecture designer Daniel Libeskind. The aim of the project was to create a multifunctional retail and residential space at the site of the former Fiera Milano fair.
Each of the architects built the building in its usual manner. Hadid complex is recognizable by its smooth forms and endless sinusoids.
19. Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza
Another bridge from the agency Zaha Hadid was built for the international exhibition at Expo 2008 in Zaragoza. The visitors got to the exhibition site through it. A steel bridge 530 meters across the Ebro River also serves as a pavilion.
Hadid was inspired by the forms of water and the philosophy of movement, so the bridge looks like a dynamic structure. The choice was also related to the theme of the 2008 exhibition "Water for life".
20. Bergisel Ski Jump
In addition to the cableway in Innsbruck, Austria, the Bergisel Ski Jump, which was also designed by Zaha Hadid, was also updated. In 1999, the arch-bureau of Hadid won the competition, and in 2001 the project was already ready. In addition to the sports facility, a cafe and public space appeared on the hill.
Zaha Hadid will receive an Austrian architectural award for the Bergisel Ski Jump project.
The guide "Masterpieces of modern architecture by Zaha Hadid" if available in our guide catalog and works offline.
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