AD Round Up: Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid has been awarded on several ocations, including the Pritzker Prize, becoming the first woman to win the prize. So to start this week of Round Up, we bring you previously featured projects of Zaha Hadid (and an interview).

Zaha Hadid´s project rejected due to heat
Zaha Hadid´s extension proposal for the Middle East Centre in St Antony´s College in Oxford has been denied approval by the the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). The comission wrote in their report “it appears unfortunate to position the archive and reading room behind the large south facing window; we wonder whether full sunlight and overheating could potentially compromise the usability of this space” (read more…)

Regium Waterfront Project by Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid is working on her latest project in Italy, in the Mediterranean city of Reggio Calabria. The project includes a museum and a performing arts centre on a sea strait that separates continental Italy from the island of Sicily. The centre will be visible from the Sicilian coast. See the latest images revealed by , here (read more…)

Dorobanti Tower, Bucharest / Zaha Hadid Architects
Dorobanti tower, a new project by Zaha Hadid Architects in Bucharest moves away from the works we have been seen lately, with a very expressive structure. The 200m tall iconic tower will be located in the heart of the capital city of Romania, at junction of Calea Dorobanti and St. Mihail Eminescu, with over 100,000 sqm for mixed-use development which include a 5-star hotel (with restaurants and convention centre), luxury apartments and retail space at street level (read more…)

Designs for Burnham Plan Centennial by Zaha Hadid and Ben Van Berkel
The architects’ rendering of the two recyclable pavilions were released by the Alderman, the Burnham Committee, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Art Institute of Chicago and Friends of Downtown. Both pavilions-one designed by London-based Zaha Hadid and the other by Amsterdam-based Ben van Berkel of UNStudio-emphasize the importance of boldly imagining a better future for all, as Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett did in 1909 in their Plan of Chicago (read more…)

Zaha Hadid Interview
The Guardian just feautured an interview with Zaha Hadid. She talks about the aquatics centre for the 2012 Olympics, rebuilding Baghdad and the usual controversy she creates. “Your work is quite divisive. Do you set out to cause controversy? No. But because it’s not familiar at the beginning, people shy away from it.” Read the complete interview, here.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "AD Round Up: Zaha Hadid" 28 Apr 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • M

    “Pritzker Award”? That does not inspire much confidence.

  • archdork

    OH NO!!! ZAHA PLS, STOP!!!

  • Ultra man

    Why stop? Archdork what’s your argument?
    Is it again this artificial and obsolete utilitarian question: Form follow function ? Never thought about performance and form?

    French Gothic vs Cistercian architecture , Bernini vs Perrault, Gaudi vs Corbusier, Saarinen vs SOM, Jørn Utzon vs Sydney, Future System vs Tadao Ando, Hadid vs Zumthor… these conflicts are so artificial !!!

    Make it interesting have arguments instead of the usual anti-Zaha rant.

  • archdork

    performance and form? where’s the performance part in that form? just because the curvy sexylooking form is covered with white glossy flawless fiberglass that doesn’t make building performative. chanel pavilion was a good example. oh and Ultra man, mind your own. who said I’m anti-zaha.

  • Lucas Gray

    I’ve never been captivated by her built work. Her paintings on the other hand are beautiful. She should be an artist rather than an architect.

  • Opium

    And the weakest link of world architecture is….Zaha Hadid…Goodbye!!

  • cado

    zaha again? :| and again every the same. agree lucas gray

  • zaha fan

    Zaha is an amazing woman. i love her work, i love the way she considers the experience of space, she has undoubtedly paved a new paradigm in architecture and urban design. to the people who criticize her work, look further into her designs beyond what you see, dont be so shallow and ignorant.

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