BiographyName : Dame Zaha Mohammad HadidNationality : Iraqi-BritishBirth : October 31, 1950 (age 62), BaghdadEducation : 1968 - 1971 Trained Maths at the American University of Beirut 1972 - 1977 Studied architecture at the Architectural Association schoolPractise : Joined OMA (office of metropolitan architecture) and became a partner (1977).Own practice ZAHA HADID office (from 1980).
StyleZaha Hadids style is boldly contemporary, organic and innovative.The architect pushes design through new technology and materials and never doesordinary.She was inspired by Yohji Yamamoto and his asymmetryHer creations are more to do with topography and landscape, emulating a naturalformAswell as creating architecture the architect is a celebrated painter, designer offurniture and interior products + fittings such as bowls and chandeliers.Her favorite color is black. But with different textures.
MAXXIThe concrete walls define theexhibition galleries and determinethe interweaving of volumes The transparent roof modulates natural light. The roofing system complies with the highest standards required for museums and is composed of integrated frames with devices for filtering sunlight, artificial light and environmental control
Total site area: 29,000 m2Exterior spaces: 19,640 m2Interior spaces: 21,200 m2Display space: 10.000 m2
Bridge PavilionThe Bridge Pavilion was constructed for the Expo 2008 in Zaragoza (Spain) as one of its mainlandmarks. It is an innovative 270-metre-long covered bridge that imitates a gladiola over theriver Ebro. The bridge a multi-level exhibition area with expected 10,000 visitors per hour tofrequent the Pavilion of the world exhibition.
Bridge PavilionHadid chose fibre glass reinforced concretefrom Austria to envelope the bridge. Shecovered the outer skin of the building with29,000 triangles of fibre C in differentshades of grey The building was purchased by the local savings bank Ibercaja to use it as a site for expositions.
London Aquatics CentreThe London Aquatics Centre is an indoor facility with two 50-metre (160-foot) swimmingpools and a 25-metre (82-foot) diving pool in Olympic Park at Stratford, London, it was oneof the main venues of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Aftersignificant modification the centre is due to open to the public in 2014.
Other worksIn 2007, Zaha Hadid designed the MoonSystem Sofa for leading Italian furnituremanufacturer B&B Italia. She has also undertaken some interior work in the Mind Zone and Feet zone at the Millennium Dome in London
BMW Central Building,Germany Few other projects Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center Opera House, China Phaeno Science Center Contemporary Arts Center,Price Tower, Okhlahoma Ohio Bergisel Ski Jump, Austria Riverside museum, Glasgow Station Nile Tower Vitra fire station, Germany
Awards• Forbes ranked Hadid the 69th most powerful women in the world in 2008• New Statesman ranked her the 42nd most influential figure on the planet in 2010.• 2001 Equerre dargent Prize, special mention• 2003 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture• 2004 Pritzker Prize• 2005 Designer of the Year Award for Design Miami• 2005 RIBA European Award for BMW Central Building• 2006 RIBA European Award for Phaeno Science Center• 2007 Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture• 2008 RIBA European Award for Nordpark Cable Railway• 2009 Praemium Imperiale• 2010 RIBA European Award for MAXXI• 2010 Stirling Prize for MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts• 2011 Stirling Prize for Evelyn Grace Academy, London