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Remembering Celebrated Architect, Dame Zaha Hadid, On Her First Death Anniversary

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“There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?” stated Dame Zaha Hadid about her neo-futuristic designs. March 31 marked the first death anniversary of the late Hadid, the celebrated Iraq-born, London-based architect. Hadid was 65 when she unexpectedly passed away in Miami. But her inspiring legacy lives on as a fixture within the annals of modern art and architecture.

The flamboyant revisionist took on splintered-psyche clichés of stasis, hard lines dictated by worn-out virtues of design, and amplified them to a borderline-delirious effect, in the process twisting, turning, and ultimately transforming the way we look at buildings.


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#HeydarAliyevCenter shortlisted for #RIBA International Prize 2016. Built on the site of a Soviet munitions factory, the Heydar Aliyev Center’s fluid architecture embodies an enlightened philosophical framework. Breaking from rigid and often monumental Soviet architecture that is so prevalent in Baku, its open forms promise to open and engage Azeri culture with an act of attraction rather than imposition. The centre’s fluid exterior surfaces rise from its surroundings to define a series of exhibition and performance spaces within, inviting the urban fabric of the city into the heart of building. Named ‘Design of the Year’ by London’s Design Museum, the centre was cited as "a masterwork of invention and execution,” and since opening, has hosted exhibitions by Azeri and international artists such as Andy Warhol, Tony Cragg and Bernard Buffet. The centre has also held performances of opera by Alessandro Safina, jazz by Deedee Bridgewater, experimental music by Kiatro and violin by Itzhak Perlman. On his recent visit to Baku, Pope Francis addressed religious leaders and local residents in the centre’s theatre. Photo @huftonandcrow #zahahadid #zahahadidarchitects #zha #architecture #baku

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Her spatial experiences include the sensual curvatures of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London; Rome’s MAXXI museum; the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Azerbaijan; London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Summer Olympics; and the Guangzhou Opera House in China, among 40-plus buildings dotted across the globe.


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The @SerpentineUK Sackler Gallery has been nominated for London’s first People’s Choice Award for Architecture. Voting has begun in @CityWestminster’s search for its best building of the last decade, recognising the capital’s contemporary architecture with a design excellence award: The Serpentine Sackler Gallery opened in 2013, welcoming visitors from around the world to its many programmes exploring contemporary creativity. In 2010 the Serpentine Gallery won the tender from The Royal Parks to bring the listed Magazine building into public use for the first time in its 208-year history. In partnership with The Royal Parks, the Serpentine Gallery has restored the building, renovating and extending it to designs by Zaha Hadid Architects. Built in 1805 in London’s Kensington Gardens as a gunpowder store during the Napoleonic Wars, the Magazine building has been repurposed into the Serpentine Sackler Gallery – one of London’s most popular spaces for art. A light and transparent extension complements the solidity of the original neo-classical building. Using tensile architectural fabric supported by sculptural columns crafted in steel, Zaha Hadid Architects created a permanent ‘pavilion in the park’ for the gallery’s new public event space and Magazine restaurant, described by AA Gill in The Sunday Times as “one of the most inspiringly beautiful dining rooms in London, in Europe, in the world… just breathtaking.” Championing new ideas in contemporary art for almost half a century, the Serpentine Galleries have presented pioneering exhibitions of more than 2,000 artists, showing a wide range of work from emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists and architects of our time, including Zaha Hadid herself. The Serpentine offers innovative ways for all ages to engage with modern and contemporary art, architecture and design through its exhibitions, projects, education and public programmes. Since opening the new Sackler Gallery, the Serpentine has welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors each year. Photo @lukehayes_uk #ZahaHadid #Art #Architecture @TheMagazineLDN #London

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Her education in mathematics encouraged constant investigations into the algorithms that liberated the 3-dimensional curve from the constraints of gravity. “I can now believe in buildings that can float,” Hadid told the Guardian of her curvy concrete designs.

The first woman to win the coveted Pritzker prize (regarded as architecture’s Nobel) in 2004, and the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Gold Medal in 2015, her reputation of a wildly successful trailblazing architect invokes nothing less than wide-eyed wonderment.


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Bulgari 1 ring by Zaha Hadid. Founded in Rome, since 1884 Bulgari has embodied the city’s individual sense of style: bold, sensual and exuberant. Inspired by the Colosseum, Bulgari’s original 1 collection expressed this distinctly Roman attitude. Created to celebrate the new millennium, the 1 collection has been reinterpreted over the years, exploring different colours, materials and configurations that reinforce and contextualize the design without compromising the integrity of the 1999 original. Continuing their ongoing collaborations, in 2015 Bulagri chief executive Jean-Christophe Babin invited Zaha Hadid to reinvent the 1 collection. Hadid’s pioneering vision redefined architecture and design; combining her unwavering optimism for the future and belief in the power of invention with concepts of fluidity. Daring to innovate with materials and proportions, Hadid’s unrelenting experimentation never failed to capture the imagination. Renowned as a master of innovation, the same approach has driven Bulgari for generations. The new 1 ring by Zaha Hadid marries Bulgari’s bold, geometric style with her fluid design language. Two flat bands with the classic BVLGARI engraving of the original 1999 ring are connected by undulating lines of gold that intersect to create a delicate three-dimensional filigree around its circumfrence. This intricate, curvilinear structure conveys the fluidity and dynamism inherent within Hadid’s architecture. Form and space are woven within the structure of the new 1 ring by Zaha Hadid. Its flowing curves engage the body and capture the eye; a compelling new dimension for Bulgari’s renowned jewellery collection. #ZahaHadid @ZahaHadidDesign #ZHD #jewellery #jewelry #ring @BulgariOfficial #designlegend #bulgari #Bzero1

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The Issey Miyake loyalist also lent her special kind of Midas touch to her famous fashion collaborations. Take, for example, the layered Peekaboo Fendi handbag that appeared like pages from a book; Louis Vuitton’s Icone bag, where she played with the concept of bag as a container to create a structural masterpiece; special edition United Nude’s Nova shoes, resembling nano-sized architectural models; and the Colosseum-inspired B.Zero1 iconic ring for BVLGARI, one of her last fashion powerhouse projects.

No icon is without her or his share of backlash. Hadid knew this. She was an outsider, after all, in an industry notoriously synonymous with the starchy boy’s club.

She was born into an affluent, liberal Muslim family in Baghdad, completed her schooling in England, followed by a degree in mathematics in Beirut, before moving, in 1972, to London to train at the Architectural Association under tutelage of renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhas.

In 1979, she established her own practice in London – Zaha Hadid Architects – and gained a reputation for changing the language of architecture.

She was typecast as a “diva” on account of her tempestuous candor, and was often ridiculed for making impractical demands on construction techniques, and quaffing budgets. Unfazed by the sexist label, the precocious feminist was famously quoted: “Would they still call me a diva if I was a man?”

Apart from inspiring a design expression defined by quiet disruption of symmetry, Indian designers Arjun Saluja, Rimzim Dadu, and Payal Khandwala also share a common love for Hadid’s bold modernist approach of overlapping, entwined, almost frozen fantastical designs.


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The late architect Zaha Hadid, known as "The Queen of Curves" for the modern curving designs of her buildings, died Thursday at the age of 65. Her legendary career led her to become the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (the Nobel Prize of her field) in 2004. She also received numerous other awards and honors, including being named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DME) in 2012 and earning the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal in 2015 — the first ever given to a woman. Hadid designed everything from a metro station in Saudi Arabia to the aquatics center for the 2012 London Olympics to a city center in downtown Belgrade — all in her signature flowing style. In late 2012, Hadid unveiled plans for the zany Beko building in downtown Belgrade. It's slated to be a city center with residential, retail, and commercial space. To see more of Hadid's work from all over the world, visit #architecture #design #buildings #nyc #highline #london #baku #extraordinary #architect #designer #apartment #nobelprize #zahahadid

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Arjun Saluja

My favourite Zaha Hadid design:

“The Beko building in Belgrade is a stellar example of her genius – she has infused the idea of fluidity into a hardened concrete structure. It’s a revolutionary thought process where she has disrupted a certain landscape while creating one at the same time.

This urban modern building stands in approval against the backdrop of ancient Kalemegdan Castle. These are the spaces that live rather than being static pieces of art or installation.”


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If I were to find a piece from my collection that resonates with Zaha Hadid’s work…

“This creation from my Resurrection collection in 2009 was the start of a process for me; a process in melting architectural shapes, about solidifying the idea of tailoring by juxtaposing it with fluidity, about creating ungendered clothing.”


Rimzim Dadu

My favourite Zaha Hadid design…

“I love the metallic-chromed rubber shoes she designed in collaboration with United Shoes. I love anything that challenges existing notions of form and proportion, and exploits the potential of materials. And these shoes do just that.

I also love the head-spinning dichotomy of structure-meets-fluidity, making it appear like little fragments of metal have come together to build the shoe.”


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If I were to pick a piece from my collection that resonates with Zaha Hadid’s work…

“It’d definitely be the metallic sari; the design seems structured yet fluid, where hair-thin strands of metal have come together to form the pallu.”


Payal Khandwala

My favourite Zaha Hadid design:

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at the Michigan State University particularly resonates with me for its simplicity and modernity. It is dramatic in its minimal use of geometry and proportion. The clever use of angles plays with light, illuminating the building differently at different times of the day.


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If I were to pick a piece from my collection that resonates with Zaha Hadid’s work…

“Her work allowed certain movement and weightlessness within structures that are typically grounded, akin to folds and pleats of this fluid silk evening gown from my Spring/Summer 2015 collection.”


Shweta began writing on fashion when it wasn’t quite the opium of urban India. With a master's degree from London’s Central Saint Martins, she has previously worked as Fashion Features Editor with Grazia India, and authored a coffee table book titled Aharya, tracking the aesthetic attire at the Kumbh Mahaparv. Sh​weta​ is currently enjoying ​the liberating space of freelance​ writ​ing​ with beloved long black ​by her side.

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