"Only rarely does an architect emerge with
a philosophy and approach to the art form
that influences the direction of the entire
field. Such an architect is
Zaha Hadid..." -- Bill Lacy, architect
Presented by :
2nd year YCMOU
She was born on October 31, 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq.
She studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) in 1968.
She joined the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).
She also taught at the Architectural Association (AA) with OMA collaborators Rem
Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis.
She began her own practice in London in 1980 and won the prestigious competition for
the Hong Kong Peak Club, a leisure and recreational center in 1983.
She met Peter Rice, the engineer who gave her support and encouragement early on at a
time when her work seemed difficult.
In 1972 she moved to London (UK), to join the Association of Architecture where she
graduated with honors in 1977.
After her first building was commissioned and built in 1994, the Vitra Fire Station
in Germany, her career took a leap forward.
After she graduated she worked with Rem koolhaas.
Started her own firm in 1980.
Her ideas were in more of demand than her designs.
She won many competitions but more of them were never built.
Despite her influences, was often dismissed as a dreamer, whose work was
unrealizable and impractical.
She has faced many rejections in her career because of her
difficult, impractical and high cost designs.
She has been known as DIVA and difficult to work with at times, but people
who admire her would praise her for her personal style.
Her style is Deconstructivism(breaking architecture, displacement and
distortion, leaving the vertical and the horizontal, using rotations on
small, sharp angles, breaks up structures apparent chaos).
Deconstructivisum is an approach to building design that attempts to view
architecture in bits and pieces.The basic elements of architecture are
Deconstructivist buildings may seem to have no visual logic. They may
appear to be made up of unrelated, disharmonious abstract forms.
The beginning of it goes back to late 1980s. Deconstructivism was started
by the group of people called deconstructivists, who were attracted by the
theories of French Philosopher Jacques Derrida. According to his
philosophy, architecture is nothing but one of many ways of communication.
She is an architect known worldwide for her talent in various disciplines
such as painting, graphic arts, three-dimensional models and computer
Guangzhou Opera House
People's Republic of China.
Heydar Aliyev Cultural
Centre (2007–12) in
(2007), Innsbruck, Austria
Maggie's Centres at the
(2006), Kirkcaldy, Scotland
of Glasgow Transport
Project Considered for Study:
London Aquatics Centre (2011), 2012
Summer Olympics, London, UK
Architect: Zaha Hadid.
Location: London, England.
Client: Olympic Delivery Authority.
Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty.
Project Team: Alex Bilton, Alex Marcoulides, Barbara Bochnak, Carlos
Garijo, Clay Shorthall, Ertu Erbay, George King, Giorgia Cannici, Hannes
Schafelner, Hee Seung Lee, Kasia Townend, Nannette Jackowski, Nicolas
Gdalewitch, Seth Handley, Thomas Soo, Tom Locke, Torsten Broeder, Tristan
Job, Yamac Korfali, Yeena Yoon.
Structural and services engineers: Ove Arup & Partners
Project Area: 15,950 sqm (Legacy), 21,897 sqm (Olympic).
Project Year: 2011.
Its principle shape within the
detachable wings of siting its like
water in motion, creating spaces and
a surrounding environment that reflect
the riverside landscapes of the
Its roof sweeps up from the ground as
a wave enclosing the spaces within
The Aquatics Centre is
designed with an inherent
flexibility to accommodate
17,500 spectators for the
London 2012 Games in
‘Olympic’ mode while also
providing the optimum
spectator capacity of 2000
for use in ‘Legacy’ mode
after the Games.
The Aquatics Centre is
planned on an
orthogonal axis that is
perpendicular to the
Stratford City Bridge.
All three pools are
aligned on this axis.
The training pool is
located under the bridge
with the competition and
diving pools located
within the large pool hall
enclosed by the roof.
The overall strategy is to
frame the base of the
pool hall as a podium
connected to the
Stratford City Bridge.
The pool hall is expressed above the podium by a large roof which arches along the same
axis as the pools
Double-curvature geometry has been used to generate a parabolic arch structure
that creates the unique characteristics of the roof
The roof undulates to differentiate between the volumes of competition pool and
the diving pool.
grounded at 3
podium used for
mode, then infilled with a
glass façade in
Plain white tiles and concrete walls.
2,800 tonnes of steel were needed to give the 160-metre-long and 80-metrewide roof its light and floating look.
The design demonstrates the precast-concrete skills with by exposing the
concrete finish rather than painting or cladding which was provided by Peri.
The unique six-board diving platform is made from 462 tonnes of concrete.
The aluminium roof covering was provided by Kalzip. The steel structure was
built in cooperation with Rowecord Engineering, of Newport, Wales. The ceiling
was built with 30,000 sections of Red Lauro timber. The three pools hold around
10 million litres (2.6 million gallons) of water.