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.
Heydar Aliyev Museum, Baku. © The Guardian
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MAXXI Museum Rome. © dexigner
Swim Stadium, London Olympics. © Clive Rose/Getty Images
Danjiang Bridge, 2015. © Zaha Hadid Architects
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.
The Guggenheim, already a world-renowned institution, was propelled in the stratosphere with the opening of its Frank Gehry-designed Bilbao institution.
The architect took his talent for sensuous and curved titanium materials and applied it in ways we had never seen. Along the way, it also put Bilbao, Spain on the map in the world of cultural institutions. And even though Gehry adapted his trademark look for Walt Disney’s Concert Hall in Los Angeles, nothing could approach the groundbreaking look of his Guggenheim original. Imagine then the skipped heartbeats that took place when the famed museum launched a search for someone to design its latest location–in Helsinki, Finland.
Gehry’s Spruce Street building in New York City.
Kudos belong to the winner Moreau Kusonoki Architects which managed the same feat Gehry did but only by going in a completely different direction–that of understated, minimal elegance. Taking local materials and the Scandinavian art of simple, minimalist lines, Kusonoki’s winning design becomes part of the Finnish landscape, blending harmoniously in her surroundings. I’m counting the days to its opening so I can visit and experience first-hand this achievement.
The City of Brotherly Love has bragging rights to one of the world’s greatest art museums and its about to undergo a 10-year expansion project–overseen by none other than Frank Gehry himself. The renovation will vastly expand the museum’s space and features a tremendous underground construction project.
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The famed architect will create a series of exhibition halls lit by natural light but the ultimate question on everyone’s mind is, of course, will the new space feature the architect’s signature curved titanium hallmarks, so brilliantly used in the Guggenheim’s Bilbao outpost or L.A.’s Disney Concert Hall ? It’s too soon to tell but there is a new exhibition devoted to the project opening 1 July called “Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”
Rendering © Gehry Partners, LLP
Pritzer Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid has 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.
© 2013 Zaha Hadid Architects
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…admired for the sensuous curves of titanium which form the outer skin of the Guggenheim Museum’s Bilbao location along with the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, has consistently managed to surprise and impress over his long and storied career.
One of his most recent creations is New York City’s Beekman Tower, the tallest residential tower in the world. From a distance, the building seems out-of-place and its surface appears as if something has gone horribly wrong. It’s only as you get closer you realize Gehry has introduced his trademark curved metal as the tower’s exterior. Upon closer inspection still do you fully realize and appreciate the enormous complexity of engineering involved–that of undulating water being poured from an unseen source above. It’s a building so exquisite, in fact, the first reaction you have will be that of shivers down your spine. To continue reading the Architecture page, click here.