My brief tribute to Hadid is a re-evaluation of four of the built works she left behind, my favorites. My descriptions will be brief. There is not much to say, the forms are far more elegant that my words.
|1994, Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein, Germany|
|2011, Riverside Museum of Transport, Glasgow|
In Glasgow, Hadid designed a jagged and flowing form connecting the city to the river. The work features huge expanses of glass in column free space. It is both an exciting space and a highly functional one.
|2012, Olympic Aquatic Center, London|
One of her best known works is an aquatic center she designed for the London Olympics. Its bookends of angular seating is connected by soft and elegant curves. The use of curves became more pervasive in her work. Hadid used curves more often, and to a greater effect, that anyone else. One cannot help but admire the sculptural mastery of the Heyday Aliyev Center.
|2013, Heydar Aliyev Center, Azerbaijan|
We will never know what other forms this immensely talented architect would have produced. Her studio remains with commissions for stadiums and opera hall and museums - clay, never to be formed by the hands of a master.
Next month we'll take a detour and explore the connection between architecture and medicine. Join me for What's Up Doc?