Zaha Hadid: 5 Famous Buildings by the Architectural Trailblazer

1. Vitra Fire Station

The Vitra Fire Station in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, marked one of Hadid’s early built projects. It featured intersecting concrete planes that shaped the campus street.

2. MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Arts

Zaha Hadid’s design for the National Centre for Contemporary Art and Architecture, selected from 273 candidates in a 1998 competition, impressed with its urban integration and innovative architecture.

3. Riverside Museum

The Riverside Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects is a distinctive building with a tunnel-like configuration connecting the city and the Clyde River. The museum’s internal path serves as a mediator between the city and the river, adapting to different exhibition layouts.

4. Galaxy SOHO

Galaxy SOHO, a project in central Beijing by SOHO China, is a 330,000m2 office, retail, and entertainment complex. Its design, inspired by Beijing’s grand scale, features five flowing volumes connected by stretched bridges.

5. Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center

Zaha Hadid Architects were chosen as the design architects for the Heydar Aliyev Center in 2007. The centre aimed to depart from the imposing Soviet architectural style in Baku, reflecting Azeri culture and the nation’s optimism.