Page 49 - Ocean Blue World 30th Edition
P. 49

 There is no question that, six years after her untimely death, Zaha Hadid DBE remains one the most important and influential architects of our time.
Dubbed the “Queen of the Curve'' for her otherworldly yet resoundingly organic sense of line and shape, the Iraqi- British sensation — the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 — changed the way buildings are envisioned and created.
"Her soaring structures left a mark on skylines and imaginations and in the process re-shaped architecture for the modern age,” wrote The New York Times upon her death.
Hadid continues to do so posthumously as projects she started in life are being finished across the globe.
A half dozen of her works have recently been completed or are set to open this year throughout the Middle East, a market in which, as a woman, she initially struggled for acceptance.
From Morocco’s Grand Théâtre de Rabat, which sits on the banks of the Bouregreg River which inspired its design, to Riyadh’s metro station and King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, to the Central Bank of Iraq, Hadid’s vision and devotion to sweeping forms that defy conventionalism lives on.
  King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center
 “She has proved as eminent in death as in life. Not since Eero Saarinen’s posthumous masterpieces has an architectural afterlife been so successful.” — Vanity Fair
 Riyadh’s metro station
 Morocco’s Grand Théâtre de Rabat
 Photos Courtesy Of: © Zaha Hadid Architects, © RDA |49

   47   48   49   50   51