Dame Zaha Mohammed Hadid DBE is an Iraqi-British Architecture; born October 31 1950. She has won an impressive amount of awards including the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011, she was also the first woman recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal, and the Pritzker Architecture Award Prize in 2004. In 2014 the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, designed by her, won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award, also making her the first woman to win top prize in that competition. She is currently a professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Australia.
Hadid’s immaculate designs are all over the world, including the Olympic Aquatics Centre in London, UK, Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi,Bridge Pavilion, Zaragoza, she will also be the architect who designs the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games stadium. Hadid is known for her striking buildings, many with beautiful curves and flowing lines throughout them, she is one of the most famous working architects today.
For this unit I went to the Olympic Village in London to explore the different architecture that was created for the 2012 olympic games. The building I found most intriguing was the Aquatics Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid herself. The flowing curves of the edge of the building create a wave effect reflecting the use of the centre, from the outside this building is a masterpiece, but it was the inside that i found just as interesting.
Every aspect of the building gives it more and more beauty, the huge windows either side of the building floods it with light creating reflections and patterns on all the glass and water inside. Every individual aspect of the interior has been designed to reflect the idea of water and waves, the flow of the ceiling not only mimics the flow of water, it also draws your eye down the building to the end of the room, where the diving boards are featured, as well as the clocks.
“A concept inspired by the fluid geometry of water in motion. Creating spaces and a surrounding environment in sympathy with the river landscape of the Olympic Park. An undulating roof sweeps up from the ground as a wave, enclosing the pools of the centre with it’s unifying gesture.” – Zaha Hadid Architects.