Visionary architect Zaha Hadid has sadly passed away today in a Miami hospital at the age of 65. Too soon, all aficionados of architecture will agree: she was not yet at the summit of her professional career.
After having completed her studies at the university of Beirut, she graduated from the prestigious Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in 1977.
The famous female British-Iraqi architect only had her first building constructed in 1993: the fire station near the Vitrae museum in Germany.
After that, news of her mindboggling hand drawn sketches and realisations spread fast.
Hadid quickly became known for her sculptural architecture, a style so recognisable, significant and at the same time controversial, that perhaps only Frank Gehry can hold a candle to it...
Her buildings blend with their environment, seem to defy gravity and are all but earthly.
She was deservedly acknowledged the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture and in 2015 this was followed by the Pritzker Architecture Prize, a prize also referred to as the "Nobel Prize of architectural awards".
For those who are intrigued to spot some of her work, you need not travel far: as we speak the last bricks are being laid at the Havenhuis in Antwerp: an old fire station Zaha Hadid revamped into a spacy ship, by means of a "floating" steel construction.
Zaha started off with a fire station in 1993...it seems that she has gone full circle.
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