If Architecture is Woman, this is the Sophia Loren of buildings (part deux…)

Zaha Hadid’s passing was a shock to the world of architecture and aficionados of great art alike.  She brought a unique feminine mystique and perspective to the projects entrusted to her, never compromising a very distinct point of view.  If the limits of engineering were tested by her ground-breaking building lines, the results undeniably became timeless.  We’re including some of her greatest achievements here and a copy of a post from last year about her first project for New York City.


Pritzer Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid unveiled her first project in New York City, a condominium at West 28th Street near the city’s High Line pedestrian park.  Her characteristic materials, which bend into sensuous curves much like Frank Gehry’s titanium designs for the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, are showcased spectacularly.  The High Line’s Standard Hotel, which sits atop the park, has been that urban project’s focus for some time.  It now has competition.

Welcome to the Republik…

Celebrated author Victor Hugo once said, “There is nothing more interesting than a wall behind which something is happening.”  We sometimes perceive architecture, art, and design as a collection of intangible ideas, behind a wall, and inaccessible.  Welcome to the newly redesigned Concept Republik, intended to chip away at that proverbial wall and in doing so, show how design surrounds and influences us.

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The Shard, London, The United Kingdom. © David-Kevin Bryant

Many appreciate London’s deep history…

…but may not understand the city’s reticence about adding modern architecture, particularly that which could draw attention from Big Ben or Westminster Abbey, to its famous skyline.  Recently, however, London fired a shot heard round the world of architecture when it unveiled The Shard, a 95-story modern skyscraper, designed by the renowned Renzo Piano, wrapped in glass and in the shape of a pyramid near London Bridge.  In one fell swoop, traditional London transformed itself and demanded to be taken seriously in embracing modernity.

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Visitors now have the chance to see the entire city and savor the views from high above.

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This modern tower was no fluke or one-hit wonder either.  Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and located along the city’s famed Victoria Street, 62 Buckingham Gate is unlike many buildings in London.

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Imagine an architect creating glass and steel origami with the ease and angles of that created with scratch paper.  The result is startling…and brilliant.

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