Remembering Zaha Hadid

We honour the award-winning architectural icon who's left us a beautiful legacy


Hailed as one of the world's great architects of the 21st Century, Zaha Hadid was a woman who brought femininity to modern structures. To mark the the 65-year-old's passing, we bring you some of her greatest creations.

The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan

MAXXI museum in Rome

Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London

She's the woman behind, the MAXXI museum in Rome (it earned her the Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize, the UK's most prestigious architecture award), the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Hadid, who had a very modern style, was an architect who saw her work as an opportunity to create social art that would excite people and get them talking. 

 In collaboration with UK footwear brand United Nude, she's co-created several sculptural shoes which are as amazing as they are unfathomable. 'Flames', a Maleficent-like heel-less design that features thorn-like spikes that surround the feet, was created through 3D printing. She's also collaborated with Melissa shoes to create ergonomic footwear celebrating her architectural style: fluid, sensuous lines. And the revolutionary 'Nova', a limited edition haute couture metallic anomaly, boasts an innovative cantilevered system that allows the 16cm heel to appear gravity-defying.

The world has lost a design tour de force. RIP, Zaha.


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