Zaha Hadid's business

Zaha Hadid’s business (Photo credit: by Ophelia photos)

· Zaha Hadid, CBE (born October 31, 1950, Baghdad, Iraq) is a notable British Iraqi deconstructivist architect.

· She received a degree in mathematics from the American University of Beirut before moving to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

· After graduating she worked with her former teachers, Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis,

becoming a partner in 1977.

· It was with Koolhaas that she met the engineer Peter Rice who gave her support and

encouragement early on, at a time when her work seemed difficult to build.

Das nach Plänen von der Stararchitektin Zaha H...

Das nach Plänen von der Stararchitektin Zaha Hadid in Wien am Donaukanal errichtete Wohnhaus (Zaha-Hadid-Haus) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

· In 1980 she established her own London-based practice.

· A winner of many international competitions, theoretically influential and groundbreaking,

a number of Hadid’s winning designs were initially never built.

· In 2004 Hadid became the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

· The show, which proceeds in a linear fashion along the spiral, begins with paintings, continues with paper reliefs, models, and architectural renderings, and concludes with photographs of fi

Zaha Hadid Vitra

Zaha Hadid Vitra (Photo credit: Markus Keuter)

nished buildings.

· Although the organization is linear, the effect of gathering such a diverse group of material is nonetheless to reinforce just how unprogrammatic are Hadid’s designs.

· This architecture is not a response to functional requirements, or construction methods, or site constraints, but seems driven, instead, by images of The Future: streamlined shapes, free-flowing forms, AND SILHOUETTES that suggest an intergalactic space station.
· But there is more to Hadid’s architecture than sci-fi imagery. Traditionally, architects have sought to create order out of chaos.

· Hadid’s generation of self-styled avant-garde practitioners has upended this metaphor.

Central Building of the BMW Plant Leipzig

Central Building of the BMW Plant Leipzig (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

· Instead of order out of chaos, they have strived mightily to create chaos out of order. The result is dissatisfying.

· At its best, the Guggenheim show elicits amazement—”I didn’t know they could do that.” At its worst, it is merely confusing.

· In 2004, Christopher Hawthorne questioned Zaha Hadid’s radicalism.

· Despite her honors and this large retrospective, Hadid, has built relatively little.

· Her largest work, completed last year, is the BMW Plant Central Building in Leipzig, Germany.

· Although the BMW automobile is sometimes advertised as the “Ultimate Driving Machine,” the plant is less about engineering and technology than about chic, futuristic imagery.

What is striking is the extent to which the forms of the building and the furniture are interchangeable.


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