Late Architect Zaha Hadid’s China Legacy
Dame Zaha Hadid, a world-renowned architect, died on March 31 at the age of 65. Hadid’s designs, instantly recognizable by their sweeping, curving lines, can be found all over the world. In China, the late Iraqi-British architect left behind a dozen buildings. One of these, the Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre in Changsha, Hunan province, is still under construction but is expected to be completed later this year.
Hadid’s first design in China was the Guangzhou Opera House, built from 2003 to 2010. Her website calls it a “state-of-the-art monument with a unique twin boulder design.” Hadid later collaborated on projects with SOHO China, an office real estate developer. The Wangjing SOHO and Galaxy SOHO buildings, both featuring Hadid’s trademark curves in their respective designs, have become modern Beijing landmarks.
Zaha Hadid’s designs were always controversial. The “starchitect” was admired as the “Queen of Curve,” but her designs were sometimes criticized for being impractical.
See the slideshow below for photos of Zaha Hadid’s legacy in China.
(Header image: Zaha Hadid at the China-U.K. Business Summit in Beijing on Dec. 2, 2013. Nuoweiriluo/VCG)