|"I call architecture frozen music."
---Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Zaha Hadid was born in Iraq on October 31st 1950. She was from a very conservative part of the world where women seldom get opportunities to receive a good education. However, she had the support and inspiration to go above and beyond. Hadid received a degree in Mathematics from the American University in Beirut and then went on to study architecture are the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She went onto become licensed and has since been apart in the design and construction of various buildings across the world. She has also taught at prestigious universities like Harvard. Most extraordinarily, Zaha Hadid was the first female to win the Pritzker Prize in 2004. About her inspiration, Hadid has asserted, “My father took us to see the Sumerian cities. Then we went by boat, and then on a smaller one made of reeds, to visit villages in the marshes. The beauty of the landscape—where sand, water, reeds, birds, buildings, and people all somehow flowed together—has never left me. I'm trying to discover—invent, I suppose—an architecture, and forms of urban planning, that do something of the same thing in a contemporary way.” She has accomplished her goals because her work is evident of modernism with a natural touch. A few words to describe her buildings would be fluidity, innovative, natural, and spontaneous.
This is the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany. The design and construction process for this building lasted from 2000-2005. In my opinion, this structure seems like something from outer space. The design is very fluid and innovative. The structure seems to have a honey-comb design and scattered windows. I'm impressed about the fact that the structure has angles but still maintains fluidity.
This is the Galaxy Soho in Beijing, China. This building was completed in 2012 and, in my opinion, is the most impressive Zaha Hadid creation. The structure here actually does resemble honey combs and takes advantage of "bursts" and movement. It's almost as if the structure sprung forth from the Earth. It truly does look like a work of Mother Nature when compared to the rest of the sky-line.
This is the BMW Building in Leipzig, Germany. It was completed in 2005. The function of this structure is to serve office workers for a reputable company. It's very different from the skyscrapers in Boston and also has a very unique design. I liked the simplicity of this building and the color scheme as well. I think I would enjoy working in an innovative and interesting space like this.
This is the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art located in Cincinnati, Ohio. I really loved this building. The structure superbly reflects the function of the structure. Some parts of the building are protruding outwards and it reflects the modern art style of today. The materials used are not too flashy, but very appealing to the eye. Unlike her other work, this piece uses a lot of angles, rectangles, and squares. However, it still creates a sense of movement and harmony.
This is the Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain. This structure is absolutely gorgeous. The surrounding area is a lush green and the structure does not take away from the natural environment in the least. Rather, it adds to the environment around it, reflecting the scenery. This structure was completed in 2008 and functions as a pedestrian foot bridge. I would love to see something like this in the U.S.
As an aspiring female Muslim architect, I admire Zaha Hadid greatly. She reflects all the qualities I hope to possess someday and I admire her perseverance. Her work is beautiful without being ostentatious. I hope one day more women will come into the spot light in this male-dominated profession. She has opened the way for other women to follow and then branch off as they discover new concepts and innovative designs.