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Spotlight: Zaha Hadid

In her lifetime, Pritzker prize-winning architect, fashion designer and artist Zaha Hadid (31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016) became one of the most recognizable faces of our field. Revered and denounced in equal measure for the sensuous curved forms for which she was known, Hadid rose to prominence not solely through parametricism but by designing spaces to occupy geometries in new ways. Despite her tragically early death in March of 2016, the projects now being completed by her office without their original lead designer continue to push boundaries both creative and technological, while the fearless media presence she cultivated in recent decades has cemented her place in society as a woman who needs just one name: Zaha.

Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton+Crow Vitra Fire Station. Image © Wojtek Gurak Bergisel Ski Jump. Image © Hélène Binet Antwerp Port House. Image © Hélène Binet + 36

Zalando Headquarters / HENN + Kinzo

© HGEsch Photography © HGEsch Photography © HGEsch Photography © HGEsch Photography + 60

  • Architects: HENN, Kinzo
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 59000.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

30 Open Bathrooms: Incorporating Breeze and Nature in Private Space

The private space is usually associated with hiding what goes on inside, allowing people to have certain moments of intimacy. Habitually, bathrooms have been designed for this purpose, reducing openings to a minimum or — sometimes — eliminating them completely.

However, being such an important space within a building, bathrooms have become an object of new exploration for architects. By blurring the limits of privacy — without losing it completely — these spaces are open to the outdoors, allowing the breeze to enter. How does this new experience feel? Check out 30 open bathrooms that play with the feeling of exhibitionism, without fully revealing what is happening inside.

© Sean Fennessy © Luis Gordoa © Shannon McGrath TreeVilla at Forest Hills / Architecture BRIO. Image © Photographix + 37

Construction Details of Zaha Hadid Architects Projects

Surely every architect has wondered how the fluid but complex forms of the architecture of Zaha Hadid Architects are brought to reality. And it's beautiful to see how an initial conceptual idea –probably drawn as a quick sketch– materializes in precise and detailed planimetric drawings.

We have compiled a series of construction details from 9 projects developed by Zaha Hadid Architects that give insight into her distinct style and approach, showing us that, with a little ingenuity and a lot of expertise, even the most impossible-seeming dreams can be built.

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Luke Hayes MAXXI Museum / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Iwan Baan Messner Mountain Museum Corones / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Werner Huthmacher Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Roland Halbe + 29

Floating Penthouse Berlin / Atelier Zafari

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher + 12

  • Architects: Atelier Zafari
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 120.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Fluid Luminosity: The Architectural Lighting of Zaha Hadid

Leeza SOHO, construction 2017, Beijing / China. Image © MIR
Leeza SOHO, construction 2017, Beijing / China. Image © MIR

Zaha Hadid's projects are remarkable not only for her innovative way of handling tangible materials but also for her imagination regarding the medium of light. Her theories of fragmentation and fluidity are now well-known design techniques which enabled her form-finding. However, her advances in using light to render her architecture have often been neglected—even though they became an essential element in revealing and interpreting her architecture. The three-decade transition from minimal light lines at her early Vitra Fire Station to the world's tallest atrium at the Leeza SOHO skyscraper, which collects an abundance of daylight, shows the remarkable development of Zaha Hadid’s luminous legacy.

Heydar Aliyev Center, 2013, Baku / Azerbaijan. Image © Hélène Binet Nordpark Railway Station, 2007, Innsbruck / Austria. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hungerburgbahn-Bergstation.JPG'>Wikimedia user Hafelekar</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> MAXXI Museum, 2009, Rome / Italy. Image © Iwan Baan Phaeno Science Center, 2005, Wolfsburg / Germany. Image © Werner Huthmacher + 13

40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the 40 shortlisted works that will compete for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The jury has chosen from 355 nominated works and the shortlist highlights the opportunities and the trends of today’s European territory: cities, housing, heritage, and memory. The five finalists will be announced in mid-February and the winner and the Emerging Architect in mid-May.

A third of the works tackle the challenge of contemporary architecture in relation with built heritage and a third of the work tackles the contemporary challenges of housing. The management of the historic urban landscape will be among the priorities highlighted by the ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage' in 2018.

"I would want the shortlisted schemes to demonstrate an interest in making places, in exploring convention and known typologies, in celebrating the pleasures of everyday use by a consideration of detail and an unspoken resistance to the current global tendency towards a self-referential architecture, one that belies context and the act of inhabitation." - Stephen Bates, Chairman of the Jury.

Seen the shortlist after the break.

Sergei Tchoban: “We Cannot Avoid Looking At Architecture; Architecture Should Be Beautiful”

After receiving his education at the Repin Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in St. Petersburg, Sergei Tchoban moved to Germany at the age of 30. He now runs parallel practices in both Berlin and Moscow, after becoming managing partner of nps tchoban voss in 2003 and co-founding SPEECH with Sergey Kuznetsov in 2006. In 2009, the Tchoban Foundation was formed in Berlin to celebrate the lost art of drawing through exhibitions and publications. The Foundation’s Museum for Architectural Drawing was built in Berlin in 2013 to Tchoban’s design. In this latest interview for his “City of Ideas” series, Vladimir Belogolovsky spoke to Tchoban during their recent meeting in Paris about architectural identities, inspirations, the architect’s fanatical passion for drawing, and such intangibles as beauty.

Villa in Wasiljewo, 2009, near Saint Petersburg. Image © Aleksey Naroditsky Museum for Architectural Drawing, 2013, Berlin. Image © Roland Halbe Actor Galaxy, 2015, Sotchi. Image © Aleksey Naroditsky Expo Pavilion Milan, 2015, Milan. Image © Aleksey Naroditsky + 45

Tuchfabrik / Tchoban Voss Architekten

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher + 19

Berlin, Germany

The White / Tchoban Voss Architekten

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher + 26

Berlin, Germany

Center of Brain, Behavior and Metabolism / Hammeskrause Architekten

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher + 13

Lübeck, Germany

District School in Bergedorf / blauraum Architekten

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher + 16

Hamburg, Germany
  • Architects: blauraum Architekten
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 4543.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Residential and Office Building / blauraum Architekten

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Martin Lukas Kim © Martin Lukas Kim + 20

Hamburg, Germany
  • Architects: blauraum Architekten
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2123.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Center for Free-Electron Laser Science CFEL / Hammeskrause Architects

© Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher
  • Architects: Hammeskrause Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 8400.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

© Werner Huthmacher © Ralf Brunner © Ralf Brunner © Werner Huthmacher + 12

Messner Mountain Museum Corones / Zaha Hadid Architects

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© inexhibit.com
Province of Bolzano - South Tyrol, Italy
  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects ; Design : Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1000.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

© Werner Huthmacher © inexhibit.com © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher + 21

Beiersdorf Children’s Day Care Centre / Kadawittfeldarchitektur

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher + 16

Hamburg, Germany
  • Architects: Kadawittfeldarchitektur
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1750.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Apartments Charlotte / Michels Architekturbüro

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher + 15

Berlin, Germany
  • Architects: Michels Architekturbüro
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 347.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

The Factory Berlin / Julian Breinersdorfer Architecture

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher + 11

  • Architects: Julian Breinersdorfer Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 10000.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014