Baku, Azerbaijan Zaha Hadid Architects November 2013 Photography by Iwan Baan The unbridled swooping forms and blinding brightness of the glass-fiber-reinforced plastic exterior carry through to the building’s interiors, where floors merge into walls, stairs, and ceilings. Shooting this project, I wanted to capture how it connects each visitor to the landscape. The cultural center peers up from the earth and wraps around the gardens before disappearing back into the ground again. When visitors aren't resting against the sloping sides, you'll find them inquisitively making their way around the structure, trying to figure out where the building starts and the
The new national stadium of Japan, by Zaha Hadid Architects, will be built for the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo. In September, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the host city for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020. A town with a good track record, Tokyo beat out Istanbul and Madrid and took the prize for the third time. The city was first selected for the 1940 summer games, which were canceled due to World War II. Tokyo’s second win was for the 1964 summer Olympics. Symbolizing the end of Japan’s post–World War II reconstruction, new athletic facilities
Zaha Hadid Architects Serpentine Sackler Gallery London Zaha Hadid Architects’ first permanent structure in London—a restaurant building made from tensile fabric, steel, and glass—has something of the appearance of a carnival tent.
Report card: Zaha Hadid's MAXXI turns out to be a good place to see art. There's a giant, white, habitable sculpture sitting in the midst of Rome's nondescript Flaminio district just north of the city center. Its exterior juxtaposes sinuous curves and sharply angled planes, and its interior flows in smooth, serpentine capaciousness. It's Zaha Hadid's National Museum of XXI Century Arts (better known as MAXXI), and doubtless it's a work of art itself. But museums aren't supposed to be stand-alone masterpieces. They're supposed to display and enhance other works of art to visual and contextual advantage. The 228,000-square-foot MAXXI
The Guangzhou Municipal Government’s brief for a new opera house was ambitious: the building had to be able to host Chinese and Western operas of the highest caliber, as well as be a welcoming civic center, open and accessible to all.