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The 30 Most Influential Architects in London

09:00 - 15 October, 2018
The 30 Most Influential Architects in London,  by Hufton + Crow
by Hufton + Crow

As a “global capital,” London is home to some of the world’s most influential people, architects included. This fact has recently been laid bare by the London Evening Standard newspaper, whose list of the 1000 most influential Londoners features 30 architects, big and small, who use the city as a base for producing some of the world’s most celebrated architectural works.

Below, we have rounded up the 30 most influential architects in London, complete with examples of the architectural works which have put them on the city and world map.

 by Nigel Young  by Rob Parrish  by Darren Bradley  by Iwan Baan + 31

AD Classics: Vitra Fire Station / Zaha Hadid

22:00 - 12 October, 2018
AD Classics: Vitra Fire Station / Zaha Hadid, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

This article was originally published on April 21, 2016. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

Although Zaha Hadid began her remarkable architectural career in the late 1970s, it would not be until the 1990s that her work would lift out her drawings and paintings to be realized in physical form. The Vitra Fire Station, designed for the factory complex of the same name in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, was the among the first of Hadid’s design projects to be built. The building’s obliquely intersecting concrete planes, which serve to shape and define the street running through the complex, represent the earliest attempt to translate Hadid’s fantastical, powerful conceptual drawings into a functional architectural space.

©  Helene Binet ©  Helene Binet ©  Helene Binet ©  Helene Binet + 24

Woods Bagot and Peddle Thorp Win Auckland Skyscraper Competition

13:00 - 9 October, 2018
Woods Bagot and Peddle Thorp Win Auckland Skyscraper Competition, 65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot
65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot and Peddle Thorp have been announced as the winners of the international competition to create a new high-rise tower in central Auckland. Drawn from five finalists including Warren and Mahoney, Cox Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, and Elenberg Fraser, the winning design will stand 180m high. The building design is inspired by New Zealand’s natural landscape and the country’s unique geology and fauna.

65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot 65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot 65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot 65 Federal Street. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot + 9

Zaha Hadid Architects Reinterprets Sound Waves for the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall

09:00 - 1 October, 2018
© Zaha Hadid Architects
© Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects has won an international competition for the design of the new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall in Yekaterinburg, Russia. A melting pot of Eastern and Western cultures, talents, and industries, the strategic Ural city hosts a Philharmonic Orchestra which has performed in more than 20 countries, while based in the existing 1936 Sverdlovsk Philharmonic building.

For the design of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra’s new home, Zaha Hadid Architects “echoed the physical aspects of sound waves” to create an inspirational venue meeting the orchestra’s growing program, and to create a new public plaza for all citizens.

© Zaha Hadid Architects © Zaha Hadid Architects © Zaha Hadid Architects © Zaha Hadid Architects + 11

Zaha Hadid Architects Presents Interweaving Carpet Collection for Royal Thai during London Design Festival 2018

11:30 - 19 September, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Presents Interweaving Carpet Collection for Royal Thai during London Design Festival 2018, RE/Form Striation collection. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
RE/Form Striation collection. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

As part of the London Design Festival 2018, the Zaha Hadid Gallery is presenting the new RE/Form carpet collection designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for Royal Thai. Consisting of 22 designs across four themes, the pieces showcase fluid patterns heavily reminiscent of Hadid’s architectural works.

The four themes consist of striated lines, ribbonlike projections, pixelated landscapes, and organic cellular shapes. Each pattern captures “Hadid’s signature use of interweaving, layering and play with light and shadow.”

RE/Form Striation collection. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects RE/Form Ribbons collection. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects RE/Form Cellular collection. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects RE/Form Pixels collection. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects + 22

The Kensington / Zaha Hadid Design

03:00 - 18 September, 2018
The Kensington / Zaha Hadid Design, © Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

© Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes © Luke Hayes Courtesy of JCDecaux + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    W Cromwell Rd, London, United Kingdom
  • Design

    Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director

    Melodie Leung
  • Project Architect

    Carine Posner
  • Project Team

    Evgeniya Yatsyuk, Ovidiu Mihutescu, Natassa Lianou, Saman Dadgostar
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Zaha Hadid Architects Reveal Twisting Steel Billboard in West London

12:00 - 10 September, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Reveal Twisting Steel Billboard in West London, Courtesy of JCDecaux
Courtesy of JCDecaux

Zaha Hadid Architects have released images of their latest project, a sculptural billboard named for its location in Kensington, London. The project, a collaboration between the late Zaha Hadid and partner Patrik Schumacher, marks the firm’s first direct foray into advertising.

Zaha Hadid Architects, Woods Bagot, and Cox Among Finalists Announced for Auckland Tower Competition

12:00 - 6 September, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects, Woods Bagot, and Cox Among Finalists Announced for Auckland Tower Competition, Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The international design competition to create a new high-rise tower in central Auckland has announced five finalists. The five teams include Warren and Mahoney, Cox Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, Elenberg Fraser and Woods Bagot. The landmark tower competition is run by Melbourne-based property development company ICD Property. Each of the teams were asked to complete two versions of their design, one following current city Unitary Plan rules and one version that could be built given more open planning parameters.

Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Woods Bagot Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Warren and Mahoney Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Elenberg Fraser Auckland Tower. Image Courtesy of Cox Architecture + 6

Dame Zaha Hadid's Private Miami Residence Sold by Sotheby's

08:00 - 5 September, 2018
Dame Zaha Hadid's Private Miami Residence Sold by Sotheby's, Angelica 728. Image © Jehovy with Zignavisual
Angelica 728. Image © Jehovy with Zignavisual

Dame Zaha Hadid forever shaped the field of architecture and design. As an architect who ventured where few would dare, she left an indelible mark on practice. Now, Sotheby's has reportedly sold her Miami residence at W South Beach. The Pritzker-Prize winning architect's private retreat is 3 bedroom, 4 bath unit that opens out to the Atlantic Ocean. Personally designed by the late Zaha herself, the residence gives a glimpse into the life of one of history's greatest architects.

Angelica 728. Image © Jehovy with Zignavisual Angelica 728. Image © Jehovy with Zignavisual Angelica 728. Image © Jehovy with Zignavisual Angelica 728. Image © Jehovy with Zignavisual + 13

Africa's Tallest Skyscraper by Zaha Hadid Will Finally Rise in Egypt

12:00 - 3 September, 2018
Africa's Tallest Skyscraper by Zaha Hadid Will Finally Rise in Egypt, Nile Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Nile Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

After more than a decade, Egypt has returned to its plan to construct Africa's tallest building. Sited on the Nile River in central Cairo, the skyscraper was designed by the late Zaha Hadid in 2007. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the government are working with the project developers, Living in Interiors, to create the twisting "Nile Tower" with a design that will rise 70 stories. Overlooking views of Cairo, the Nile and the pyramids, the project hopes to symbolize Egypt's growth and the development of the country.

Nile Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Nile Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Nile Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Nile Tower. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects + 5

Napoli Afragola Station / Zaha Hadid Architects

09:25 - 29 August, 2018
Napoli Afragola Station / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow + 46

Zaha Hadid Architects Reveals Alternative Plan for Bristol Arena Site

16:00 - 24 August, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Reveals Alternative Plan for Bristol Arena Site, Temple Island Development. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Temple Island Development. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The Bristol Arena site faces yet another turn of events, as Zaha Hadid Architects and property investor Legal & General have released plans for a large housing development next to Temples Meads Station. The site is one of two proposed locations for the Bristol Arena, a project on hold for more than 15 years as Bristol City Council continues to debate its location. The proposal by Zaha Hadid Architects would include office blocks, a 345 room hotel, conference center and over 500 homes.

Bristol Arena. Image Courtesy of Bristol City Council Bristol Arena. Image Courtesy of Bristol City Council Temple Island Development. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Bristol Arena. Image Courtesy of Bristol City Council + 8

Would You Spend $145,000 on Zaha Hadid Architects' Lapella Chair?

14:00 - 17 August, 2018
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

For those with $145,000 hidden down the side of their sofa, Zaha Hadid Architects has designed and released Lapella Chair, continuing their “investigations in structure and fabrication-aware tectonics by reinterpreting the iconic 1963 lounge chair by Hans J. Wegner."

Created from Italian marble, Lapella retains the proportions, scale, and recline of the original chair while introducing “contemporary stone tooling and carbon fiber composites.” 

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects + 10

Cities are Avoiding Hosting the Olympics. They Shouldn’t.

09:30 - 16 August, 2018
Cities are Avoiding Hosting the Olympics. They Shouldn’t., © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The apple of every athlete's eye, the Olympic Games direct the gaze of the world onto one host city every two years, showcasing the best that sport has to offer across both summer and winter events. In a haze of feel-good anticipation, the general buzz around the city before during the four week stretch is palpable, with tourists, media and athletes alike generating contributing to the fervour. With almost an almost exclusively positive public response (the majority of Olympic bids are met with 70% approval or higher), the Games become an opportunity for a nation to showcases their culture and all it has to offer. At first glance, it's an opportunity you'd be a fool to miss.

Yet as the dust settles, these ‘lucky’ host cities are often left with structures that lack the relevance and function of their initial, fleeting lives. Empty aquatics centers, derelict running tracks and rarely-used stadiums have become as much a trademark of the Games as the Rings, with the structural maintenance and social implications burdening former hosts for years to come. In recent years, fewer cities have been taking part in the bidding process, suggesting that the impact of the Games is beginning to catch up with the excitement. As many as 12 cities contended for the honor of hosting the 2004 games; only two were put forward for 2024/28.

Courtesy of Redskins and CBS News Courtesy of SIC Mostovik © Laurian Ghinitoiu Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects + 11

ZHA's Galaxy SOHO, Through the Lens of Andres Gallardo

14:00 - 12 August, 2018
Galaxy SOHO / ZHA. Image © Andres Gallardo
Galaxy SOHO / ZHA. Image © Andres Gallardo

Photographer Andres Gallardo, who has captured images of noted architectural works such as Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza and MAD Architects’ Harbin Opera House, has turned his lens on ZHA's Galaxy Soho, located in Beijing. The shopping complex, which was completed in 2012 is one of famed architect Zaha Hadid's late career works.

Galaxy SOHO / ZHA. Image © Andres Gallardo Galaxy SOHO / ZHA. Image © Andres Gallardo Galaxy SOHO / ZHA. Image © Andres Gallardo Galaxy SOHO / ZHA. Image © Andres Gallardo + 18

Drone Footage Shows Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum Tower Nearing Completion

12:00 - 8 August, 2018

New drone footage and photographs have been released of the One Thousand Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, as work progresses in Miami, Florida. Having topped out in February 2018, the 62-story residential tower is due for completion later in the year.

The new imagery showcases the 700-foot-high (210-meter-high) tower’s curved structural exoskeleton, comprising 5,000 pieces of glass-fiber-reinforced concrete. The photo gallery also offers some of the first images of the scheme’s interior spaces, still under construction, showing the influence of the exoskeleton on the internal environment.

Courtesy of One Thousand Museum Courtesy of One Thousand Museum Courtesy of One Thousand Museum Courtesy of One Thousand Museum + 29

Zaha Hadid Architects' Mercury Tower adds a "Sense of Dynamism" to Malta's East Coast

12:00 - 6 August, 2018
West elevation render. Image Courtesy of VA
West elevation render. Image Courtesy of VA

Zaha Hadid Architects have released images of their proposed redevelopment of the historic Mercury House, situated in the tourism and entertainment center of Paceville on Malta’s east coast. An extensive renovation to the existing structure will see the integration of residential apartments, a boutique hotel, and a range of public spaces and amenities.

The boldest addition to the derelict heritage site will be a 31-story tower, rotating as it rises in response to different functional programs. The resulting form seeks to instill “a sense of dynamism within its silhouette that changes when viewed from different directions around Paceville."

Pavilion render. Image Courtesy of VA Swimming pool render. Image Courtesy of ZHA East elevation render. Image Courtesy of VA Piazza render. Image Courtesy of VA + 8

New Video Celebrates the Prismatic Complexity of Zaha Hadid Architects' KAPSARC in Saudi Arabia

14:00 - 13 July, 2018

German photographer Hans Georg Esch has released a new video offering sweeping footage of Zaha Hadid Architects’ King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre (KAPSARC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The 7-minute-long video celebrates the scheme’s “hexagonal prismatic honeycomb structures” through interior and exterior moments.

The video's release comes weeks after the KAPSARC was shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards 2018 in the Completed Higher Education and Research category.

Video still image. Image Courtesy of Hans Georg Esch Video still image. Image Courtesy of Hans Georg Esch Video still image. Image Courtesy of Hans Georg Esch Video still image. Image Courtesy of Hans Georg Esch + 10