Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects
An exterior view of Morpheus Hotel in Macau, China, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Virgile Simon Bertrand

We celebrate the late British-Iraqi architect Dame Zaha Hadid with a round-up of her studio Zaha Hadid Architects’ top 10 buildings around the world.

1. Heydar Alivev Centre

Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Iwan Baan

The architectural studio’s aim when designing this cultural centre in Baku, Azerbaijan, was to break away from the rigid and monumental Soviet architecture that is so prevalent in the area by introducing a structure with soft curves and fluid lines.

2. Port House

Port House by Zaha Hadid Architects
Port House in Antwerp, Belgium, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Hélène Binet

A derelict fire station in Antwerp, Belgium, was transformed into a futuristic port headquarters, bringing together the 500 staff members who previously worked in separate buildings around the city.

3. Pierresvives Government Building

Pierresvives Government Building by Zaha Hadid Architects
Pierresvives Government Building in Montpellier, France, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Hélène Binet

This government building in Montpellier, France, houses an archive, library and sports department that are all linked to a central ‘trunk’ by horizontal ‘branches’. Each sector includes a vertical core for internal circulation.

4. Sky SOHO

Sky SOHO in Shanghai, China, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Hufton+Crow

The exterior of this large development comprising mixed office and retail space is defined by four elongated elements unified by a continuous metallic ‘ribbon’. It is recognised as Zaha Hadid’s first architectural work in Shanghai, China.

5. King Abdullah Petroleum Studies And Research Centre

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies And Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Hufton+Crow

A non-profit institution in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies And Research Centre was the Zaha Hadid Architects’ first project to receive LEED Platinum certification thanks to its sustainable design that minimises energy and resource consumption.

6. Vitra Fire Station

Vitra Fire Station by Zaha Hadid Architects
Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Hélène Binet

After years of designing on paper, this fire station for Vitra factory complex was among the first of Zaha Hadid’s projects to be physically realised. Her studio describes the concrete building as a representation of ‘movement frozen’.

7. Morpheus Hotel

Morpheus hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects
Morpheus Hotel in Macau, Chine, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Ivan Dupont

Morpheus (meaning ‘shape’) in Macau, China, is the world’s first ‘free-form exoskeleton-bound high-rise architectural composition’, with a twisting steel geometric grid that negates the need for internal walls or columns.

8. Wangjing SOHO

Wangjing Zoho by Zaha Hadid Architects
Wangjing SOHO in Beijing, China, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Jerry Yin

Zaha Hadid Architects’ second major project for SOHO, this expansive office and retail hub in Beijing, China, boasts of a trio of rounded towers described as ‘three interweaving mountains’ that were designed to look like giant pebbles.

9. Dominion Office Building

Dominion Office Building by Zaha Hadid Architects
Dominion Office Building in Moscow, Russia, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Hufton+Crow

This seven-storey office block for IT and creative industries in Moscow, Russia, features a shared central atrium that encourages interaction and collaboration between the employees of the companies within the building.

10. Maritime Terminal

Maritime Terminal by Zaha Hadid Architects
Maritime Terminal in Salerno, Italy, by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Hélène Binet

Located on the quay that extends into the city’s harbour and marina, this maritime terminal in Salerno, Italy, is composed of three primary interlocking components protected by an exterior ‘shell’ whose design is based on that of an oyster.

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