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Zaha Hadid – the Grande Dame of iconic architecture

On March 31 2016, the world bid goodbye to one of the most eminent figures in the space of architecture—Dame Zaha Hadid. We take a journey back in time to explore Hadid’s life, vision and work that stands testimony to her brilliance.

Zaha Hadid – the Grande Dame of iconic architecture

Zaha Hadid carved a niche for herself in the world of cutting-edge architecture and design. Educated at the Architectural Association School, London, Hadid was tutored by the likes of Elia Zenghelis and Rem Koolhaas. In 1979, she established her own firm—Zaha Hadid Architects in London.

As an Iraqi-British woman, Hadid was a fierce feminist. She annihilated the stereotypes of architecture as seen in the eyes of egocentric men.

Zaha Hadid’s work at-a-glance

Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize and the RIBA Gold Medal. This affirmed her status in world architecture. As an embodiment of both excellence and grace, we take a look at Hadid’s impeccable architectural styles over the years.

Hadid landed on her first major project—a fire station, now a museum. Made of cast concrete and glass, the structure is a linear, layered series of walls that seem to unfurl at any moment. This was just the beginning of her ground-breaking sculptural design. Other iconic structures include the Heydar Aliyev Centre, Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art and the London Aquatics Centre.

On the 31st of March, 2016 the legendary architect died of a heart attack. Celebrities and architecture enthusiasts took to social media to express their deep remorse.

Books on Zaha Hadid

Hadid left behind a legacy of neo-futuristic structures that’s sure to inspire the coming generations of architects and designers. As a tribute to the best work of late architect, we look at 6 books on the most iconic work she has left behind.

Architecture of Zaha Hadid in Photographs by Hélène Binet


This book comprised of two projects by Zaha Hadid. The Vitra Fire Station completed in 1993 and the Landscape Formation One completed in 1999. Photographed by Hélène Binet, who in her own illustrious career, has worked with architectural luminaries like Daniel Libeskind and Peter Zumthor. Binet’s unusual play of light coming into contact with Hadid’s dynamic designs is definitely a visual spectacle.

Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion


Apart from fluid designs and gravity defying installations, Hadid also forayed into furniture, lighting and jewellery. This book highlights Hadid’s non-architectural contribution, and unveils her work on commercial designs crafted between 1995 and 2011.

Zaha Hadid: Thirty Years of Architecture


The book is a bible of futuristic, urban design and architecture. It explores Hadid’s collaboration with the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York. Projects include an installation at the museum’s exhibition, The Great Utopia, in 1992. This book is a must-have for design students working on trailblazing art projects.

Zaha Hadid: Pierres Vives


Imagine a concrete and glass building with a recessed section of green-tinted glass running along the length of the façade. A curved concrete block rises to shelter the entrance on the ground floor. Not-so-easy to visualize? Well, in reality it is the government owned Pierres Vives Building designed by Hadid.

Hans Ulrich Obrist & Zaha Hadid: The Conversation Series


The book emphasizes on Hadid’s thoughts on contemporary architectural designs. The compilation captures frank conversations between series editor Hans Ulrich Obrist and Hadid. The paperback reveals her single minded dedication to work, upcoming projects and thoughts that will be a subject of interest to many.

Moleskine Inspiration and Process in Architecture – Zaha Hadid


Available in a clothbound format, the book features a collection of monographs that explore Zaha Hadid’s approach and thought process. Be sure to look up notes and drawings entailing Hadid’s phenomenal contribution to architectural history.

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