The world or architecture is grieving. Dame Zaha Hadid, the world-renown architect has died of a heart attack at age 65.  Highly appreciated, she was a visionary and a star of the 21st century. Her buildings are scattered all around the world and have inspired generations to come.

Zaha HadidPhoto credit: Forgemind ArchiMedia

She was the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2004 and this year she was also the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal. She won twice the Riba Stirling Prize, being one of the Britain’s most valuable architects, her company has been commissioned for incredible buildings and structures.

Born in Irak, she followed the American University of Beirut and left her country for a career at the Architectural Association in London. In 1979 she set up Zaha Hadid Architects, her own architecture company.

Her `neo-futuristic` design will be a great challenge of the 21st century, a statement of ambition and an encouragement to dream for young architects.

We’ll leave you with a few of her greatest designs.

Galaxy Soho, BeijingGalaxy Soho, Beijing. Photo credit: Bjarke Liboriussen

Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion

Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion. Photo credit: Chris Vander Hoek

Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park, Seoul. Photo credit: Forgemind ArchiMedia

Ordrupgaard Museum

Ordrupgaard Museum, Charlottenlund. Photo credit: jelm6

London Center

London Aquatics Center. Photo credit: Forgemind ArchiMedia


Hungerburgbahn,  Innsbruck. Photo credit:  Tim Brown Architecture

CMA CGM headquarters Zaha Hadid

CMA CGM, Marseilles. Photo credit: by Ophelia photos

Jockey Club Innovation Tower

Jockey Club Innovation Tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photo credit: HeyItsWilliam

Opera House in Guangzhou

Opera House, Guangzhou. Photo credit: HeyItsWilliam


Pierres Vives, Montpellier. Photo credit: jeanbaptiste maurice

R.I.P. Dame Zaha Hadid