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The passing of Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid yesterday at the age of 65 saddened much of the design world. Ms. Hadid was the first female architect to win the Pritzker prize, and was considered one of the most influential trendsetters in design. Known for her organic curves and fluid lines, Hadid not only influenced our built environment, but many aspects of life, such as shoes, accessories and utensils.
Of her completed projects, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati was her first United States project, the Vitra Fire Station in Germany her first realized work, and the Maxii Art Museum in Rome showcased what she would be capable of. The Guangzhou Opera House, London Aquatics Center for the 2012 Olympics, and the in-progress Al Wakri Stadium in Qatar thrust her onto the starchitects stage in recent years. The residential building at 520 W 28th Street along the High Line, opening later this year, will be her first New York City work.
But like many great architects throughout history, some of her projects were never realized. Here are 10 designs by Zaha Hadid that could have changed the way our world looks.
1. Vilnius Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, 2008
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In 2008, Zaha Hadid won an international competition for the proposed art museum, Vilnius Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius. Hadid’s proposal was a “mystical object, hovering over spindled artificial landscape strip” that contrasted with the verticality of surrounding skyscrapers.
The museum was initially scheduled to open in 2011, however was postponed, and ultimately terminated, due to allegations of corruption involving the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center.
A career in architecture takes decades and decades to nurture. The number of architects who reach “starchitect” status is miniscule, and those that do make it to this stratosphere often later in life, when most people have retired. The collective mourning in the design world reflects, we believe, a loss of what will never come to be and the possibilities of what could have emerged from Zaha Hadid’s world of form, line and color and space .