Dame Zaha Ha­did, DBE


VOGUE Living Australia - - In Memoriam -

BORN A SUNNI MUS­LIM in Bagh­dad, schooled by Ro­man Catholic nuns in Switzer­land, ter­tiary-ed­u­cated at the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Beirut, and men­tored by Dutch ar­chi­tect Rem Kool­haas and Greek ar­chi­tect Elia Zenghe­lis at the Ar­chi­tec­ture As­so­ci­a­tion (AA) in Lon­don, Zaha Ha­did came to fame through a chaos of cul­tures. Ac­cord­ingly, her build­ings were bereft of the bi­ases of Western Mod­ernism and men. She was a self-de­ter­min­ing master of mega-struc­tural pro­cesses who dipped into all de­sign sec­tors while shap­ing a brave new world and shak­ing up the boys’ club. She trans­lated Rus­sian Supre­ma­tism into Ein­steinian space and so be­came the first woman to win ar­chi­tec­ture’s top hon­ours, the Pritzker Prize (2004) and the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects’ Royal Gold Medal (2016). Ha­did showed what is pos­si­ble, not what is pre­sumed, and for that the world of de­sign is for­ever in her debt.

“She was some­body with a RARE KIND OF COURAGE. It was not a con­structed courage, but an in­evitable courage; she was just made that way. It was an al­most PHYS­I­CAL THING.” — ar­chi­tect Rem Kool­haas

1. The Z-BOAT (2012) limited-edi­tion speed­boat. 2. HEY­DAR ALIYEV CUL­TURAL CEN­TRE (2012), Azerbaijan, won the 2014 Lon­don De­sign Mu­seum award. 3. VITRA FIRE STA­TION (1990–93), Weil am Rhein; Ha­did’s first ma­jor work. 4. MAXXI: MU­SEUM OF XXI CEN­TURY ARTS ( 2009), Rome. 5. Con­cept sketch for the PHAENO SCI­ENCE CEN­TRE, Ger­many, 2005. 6. ADI­DAS ORIG­I­NALS Su­per­star Su­per­shell trainer, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Phar­rell Wil­liams, 2015. 7. Lamel­lae Col­lec­tion ster­ling sil­ver cuff for GE­ORG JENSEN, 2016. 6 7 5 4 2 1 3

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