Starchitect Profile: The Legacy Of Zaha Hadid
Widely considered the greatest female architect in history, Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-British architect known around the world for her curvy and innovative designs, passed away in March after suffering a heart attack. In our tribute to the rock star architect, here are some of Zaha's most breathtaking designs.
Owner: Soho China
Location: Wangjing, China
Completion Date: 2015
This 1.2M SF office and retail complex caters to Wangjing's lively tech community, with the majority of the office space designed for open-plan options. The bottom floors of the three tapered towers contain a shopping center, and frame a series of new public open spaces, including a park and central plaza.
Sleuk Rith Institute
Owner: Documentation Center of Cambodia
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Completion Date: TBD
The all-wood Sleuk Rith Institute serves as a record of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, as well as being the premier Asian location for the study of genocide. The building's five wooden towers are inspired by ancient Angkorian architecture, and will include a genocide research center, graduate school, museum, document archives and research library.
Japanese Olympic Stadium
Owner: Japan Sport Council
Completion Date: N/A
Hadid's sleek design for this stadium helped the Land of the Rising Sun nail down its bid for the 2020 Olympics. The architect modified the design, and eventually called the project off after domestic politics threw up some roadblocks, and was replaced by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
Al Wakrah Stadium
Owner: Qatar 2022 World Cup Supreme Committee
Completion Date: 2018
One of eight stadiums Qatar is building to host the 2022 World Cup, the 45,000-seat stadium is slated for completion in 2018, pushed back from its original 2015 finish date. The stadium's design is based on a "dhow boat," which Qataris traditionally used for pearl diving.
City of Dreams
Owner: Melco Crown Entertainment
Location: Macau, China
Completion Date: 2017
This casino's mesh-like facade curves towards the middle to make a series of oddly shaped voids, giving the impression that the tower is a living thing. The project marks the fifth hotel tower addition to the City of Dreams entertainment complex.