Zaha Hadid Facts: "The Queen of Curves"


Today in my blog post I will be discussing some of the Zaha Hadid facts, still unrevealed to many others that are about her beginnings and starting in her career that will conquer the world later.

So then, let's get started!

Zaha Hadid Biography in short



Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950, she first started her studies at the AUB (American University of Beirut), she then came to London to study architecture in the year 1972. She suddenly died in 2016, due to a heart attack. She is known for her pioneering use of avant-garde design and form in the world of architecture.

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Zaha Hadid Facts: Starting Designing Small Projects in the early years

Her father, Mohammed, was a leading Iraqi politician while her mother, Wajiha al-Sabunji, was a painter-artist from Basra. She was so talented and magnificent in a way that her unbuilt projects that remained on paper, generated attention and relativeness but nevertheless transformed expectations of what architecture could be.

Well-surnamed "The Queen of Curves”, one of the most popular Zaha Hadid facts was to transform the skylines of cities around the world with her bold, fluid, and free-line designs. (See Fig. 1 below)

The extraordinarily dynamic paintings that she used to convey the essence of the design commanded worldwide attention and continue to shape Hadid’s thinking today.

Zaha Hadid facts: She began designing small projects in 1973 after graduating from Baghdad University. She moved to London in 1975 and started working as a freelance designer.
She then went on to work for the well-known Architect Richard Rogers from 1979-1983. In 1983 she founded her own firm, "Zaha Hadid Architects - ZHA", where she designed numerous architectural buildings around the world including the Guangzhou Opera House, the MAXXI Museum for contemporary art in Rome, and the National Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Her work has been widely exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. She received the Pritzker Prize in 2004, the highest honor given out annually to architects worldwide.

One of the Most Architecture Influencers in the World

As an Architect, and a Lebanese as well, I authorize myself to say that I’m proud of this person and admire her various projects at the same time. Before, when I was a student in the college of architecture, I always heard her name repeated by our instructors as a role model and top influencer in the architecture industry to follow. I meant by following, not to copy but to be inspired by her strategy and philosophy which was her road to success.

So we are all invited to be creative and to be influenced by our leaders like Hadid. That’s why I found it necessary as concerned about what is happening in the architecture profession, to make at least a glance at the bio of Zaha Hadid, for those who don’t already know much or want to learn more about her biography.

Having that said, I did write a post about Hadid and Schumacher’s Philosophy (Patrick Schumacher: Hadid’s partner) but because of the high originality and quantity of her works, even hundreds and hundreds of articles will be insufficient.

➤ Read more: You can read the article at the following link: Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher’s Philosophy. I may like to make a lot of researches concerning her projects and reviews about it; not to comment or critic but to highlight her magnificent concepts and make it public to all the world to see and benefit for her theories in Arts in general.

The most distinguished creative talent is one of Zaha Hadid's facts of her generation.

Recently completed designs, including the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, and the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, demonstrate Hadid’s devotion to construction.

She was working on a series of projects that will serve as defining landmarks in such disparate settings as Dubai, Rome, and Guangzhou, China. She did realize as well some small-scale projects such as a pavilion for the Maggie’s Centre cancer care movement on a hospital campus in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

Zaha Hadid facts: (ZHA) Projects

When Hadid arrived in London as a student in the 1970s, the recession was at its higher levels; all the professions were experiencing a lack of work and loss of confidence, especially the architects due to a hidden conflict that then come to light.

The modernism of the 30s, led by Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, the famous Architects, was inhaling his last breath: The idealism of the 60s was taking its place. So, in consequence, The Architectural Association, where Hadid studied from 1972 to 1977, leads a sort of discussion to find an alternative to the modernism of the ’30s; e.g. providing new directions in design.

Alvin Boyarsky, a Russian Architect, comes to the head of the Architectural Association and was leading the campaign which attracted mostly radical thinkers and practitioners of every ideological persuasion.

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Fig. 1- The extraordinarily dynamic paintings continue to shape Hadid’s thinking today.

Bernard Tschumi, Rem Koolhaas, Leon Krier, and Brian Anson were all in the same teaching team. Classicists, community activists, conservationists, and radical Modernists all had a platform. The experience clearly had a deep and essential effect on Hadid.

The school provided an environment in which Hadid could explore one of the twentieth century’s great art movements, Russian Constructivism.

This revolutionary period was the point of departure for her breakthrough project – the winning design for The Peak – an apartment complex and club overlooking the city of Hong Kong.
The design rejected the current architectural style of Post-Modernism that applied decorative classical columns and cosmetic stone claddings to every new project.

Although never built, the extraordinarily dynamic paintings that she used to convey the essence of the design commanded worldwide attention and continue to shape Hadid’s thinking today. But even her early projects or conceptions were never been executed in reality, this didn’t stop her flow of design energy to merge on top of the new vision to modernize Architecture if we can say.

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The Cardiff Bay Opera House- Credit: Wikipedia.org

Meanwhile, her battle didn’t go in vain; her first realized projects go to Vitra, a furniture manufacturer owned by Rolf Felhbaum, who delegate Hadid to design a fire station on the company’s factory complex at Weil am Rhein in Germany. It was followed by a series of Zaha Hadid Architects' projects unrealized designs, including the Cardiff Bay Opera House (1994-96), one of the great might-have-been of architecture in Britain.

One of the further Zaha Hadid facts: It was clear that she was believing in the idea of architecture as a speculative, theoretical activity in which design drawings were as important as construction, even more maybe. The delay between conceiving the designs that made her reputation, and building them, made it inevitable that Hadid would be represented as being more concerned with theory than practice.

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Fig. 2- The Phaeno Science Center, Credit to Wikipedia.org

These schemes, however, allowed her to develop ideas and working methods that would form the basis of new work. After the Vitra Fire Station was completed in 1993, Hadid built very little until the major projects of the last three years.

Another of the Zaha Hadid facts: The Phaeno Science Center (fig.2 above), the BMW Central Building (fig.3 below), and the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (fig.4 below) were taken together, a thing that came to prove the theory that Hadid is primarily a theorist rather than a builder. Each of those projects has a strong material quality and demonstrates her ability to translate the dynamic warping and disruption of space evident and very strong in her drawings into physical reality.
                                                                                                                                                                       
In these projects, the jagged edges of the linear spaces of her earlier work have melted into more voluptuous forms and shapes.

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Fig.3- The BMW Central Building- Credit: dezeen.com

Zaha Hadid facts also include many remarkable projects that follow in characteristics and locations; mostly related to arts (mainly museums) and others to a variation of facilities (study faculties, research centers…) Most of those projects are still under construction all around the planet even after her sudden death in 2016; She is one of very few architects operating on a global scale, building outside the usual European and North American circuits, such as the Middle East, Russia, India, and China.

Hadid has the visibility that attracted projects and clients from all over the world, which is proof of her internationality and her humanity's belongings.

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Fig.4- The Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art- Credit: flickr.com

She continues to explore fresh shapes and new thinking, making the transition from the world of theory and research to large-scale practice.

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In the last decade, most Architects begin to work on small-scale projects like furniture. The design on a 1: 1 or larger scale can offer the opportunity to explore an idea or an architectural shape that needs practical evaluation and cannot be fixed only by mind imagination. Here comes the big help of designing a chair or other furniture for example.

So, Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-born British architect who was one of the most prominent and prolific architects of her generation, with a remarkable "twist". Hadid’s theory consists also of creating this link between functionality and art design which is one of the Zaha Hadid facts. The practice of making a functional space but at the same time keeping it a piece of art as in most ZHA projects.

In 1999, she founded Zaha Hadid Architects - ZHA, which has since gone on to become one of the world’s most innovative and respectful architectural firms. She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004, and she was also the first and only Arab to win the prize.
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