DAME ZAHA HADID
Even after her untimely and unforeseen death in 2016, Dame Zaha Hadid continues to live in her legacy, and because of the immense impact she had, we still feel her presence in the world of architecture and design. As a female in the industry, Hadid’s achievements are as impressive and as monumental as the effect of her buildings; she never allowed to be defined by ethnicity or gender, but solely by her visions.
Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq, where she studied maths before moving to London to study architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She started her practice in 1980.
In 2004, she was the first female to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize since its 1979 inception. Two years in a row, in 2010 and 2011, she was awarded UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize. In 2012 she was honoured by receiving a title of Dame by the Queen for her services in architecture. She is the first and the only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects which was also approved by the Queen.
She was known as the “Queen of the curve” for her fluid and dramatic designs that have provoked both admiration and controversy. She introduced new shapes to modern architecture, shapes that formed new expressions and spoke a new language in architecture.
Her most significant finished projects include the aquatic centre for the London 2012 Olympics, the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum in the US, and Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Many of her projects are still under construction, including three Australian projects.
“I don't think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.”
Grace on Coronation, Brisbane
An ambitious development, Grace on Coronation is the trio of skyscrapers that will span over a 1.5-hectare riverfront site, including 7,300 square metres of public park space, just four kilometres from Brisbane CBD. Three champagne flute- looking towers will altogether accommodate 555 units. The development’s site also accommodates one of Brisbane’s oldest residential buildings dating from the 1860s – a listed single-storey house called Middenbury–which will be preserved as part of the new development.
Mayfair Residential Tower, Melbourne
A Melbourne project, the Mayfair, is a 19-storey tower that will be located on St Kilda Road, which links the district of St Kilda with the CBD. The proposed luxurious residential tower will replace the former Victoria Police headquarters. Hadid’s recognisable curves create a fluid façade that continues to the interior architecture of the building. The tower will accommodate 158 residences together with a communal roof terrace with two swimming pools overlooking a nearby lake
Mandarin Oriental, Melbourne
Another Melbourne project, which will rise at an attractive CBD location, is designed in the form of four stacked blocks. The exterior of the tower will be clad with a filigree facade system that forms a colonnade at ground level. The cladding will also have a sunblocking role. Each block will house a different function, distinguished by three large elevated terraces s. The tower will hold 196 guest suites, and 148 apartments with all the following amenities such are an indoor pool, spas, restaurants and bars. It is expected for the tower to open in 2023 and will be occupied by the Mandarin Oriental hotel group.