Born in 1950, Hadid continues to be a driving force in the conceptualization and production of complex curvilinear geometrical space. Having travelled and taught all over the world, Hadid serves on the board of trustees for the Architecture Foundation and teaches currently at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. She is principal of Zaha Hadid Architects located in a renovated Victorian school building in Clerkenwell, London, established in 1980.
She is also in the top 100 most powerful women in the world.
Often described as planetary, Hadid’s designs are clearly an embrace of the irrational with a refinement that feels compellingly weightless. Her sketches are reminiscent of cubist drawings, however as the structures are introduced to the third dimension, the structures create a relationship with the natural gravitational forces as if it is hovering. Le Corbusier described this interaction as “Liberation from the ground.“
Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Ohio
Vitra Fire Station, Austria
Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck, Austria
“Without ever building, Zaha Hadid would have radically expanded architecture’s repertoire of spatial articulation. Now that the implementation in complex buildings is happening, the power of her innovation is fully revealed.” – Rolf Fehlbaum
The Cardiff Bay Opera House sketch, Wales, Great Britain
Hadid’s presentation sketches are reminiscent of cubist paintings with more focus on the exaggerated perspective of the crystalline forms emerging from the base structure.
With current technology, the futuristic forms that Hadid incorporates into her structures are digitally accessible. Because of the complexity of forms layered and built out of the base structure, having a three dimensional model is quite beneficial, and something Lissitzky and Le Crbusier would have imcorporated had the technology been as advanced as it is today.