Zaha Hadid is an Iraqi-British architect. She received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 (the first woman to do so) and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. Her buildings are distinctively futuristic, characterized by the “powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures” with “multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life”.
Together with Patrik Schumacher she owns the most famous architectural and design studio in the world. Zaha Hadid studio have worked on numerous projects, such as:
- Cardiff Bay Opera House (1995), Cardiff, Wales – not realised
- Price Tower extension hybrid project (2002), Bartlesville, Oklahoma – pending
- Vitra Fire Station (1994), Weil am Rhein, Germany
- Bergisel Ski Jump (2002), Innsbruck, Austria
- Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (2003), Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
- BMW Central Building (2005), Leipzig, Germany
- Ordrupgaard annexe (2005), Copenhagen, Denmark
- Phaeno Science Center (2005), Wolfsburg, Germany
- Maggie’s Centres at the Victoria Hospital (2006), Kirkcaldy, Scotland
- Hungerburgbahn new stations (2007), Innsbruck, Austria
- Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion (Worldwide) Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, London, Paris, Moscow, (2006–08)
- Bridge Pavilion (2008), Zaragoza, Spain
- Pierresvives (2002–12), Montpellier, France, project architect: Stephane Hof
- MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (1998–2010), Rome, Italy. Stirling Prize 2010 winner.
- Guangzhou Opera House (2010), Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China.
- London Aquatics Centre (2011), 2012 Summer Olympics, London, UK.
- Riverside Museum (2007–11) development of Glasgow Transport Museum, Scotland
- CMA CGM Tower (2004–11), Marseilles, France
- Evelyn Grace Academy (2006–10) in Brixton, London, UK. Stirling Prize 2011 winner.
- Roca London Gallery (2009–11) in Chelsea Harbour, London, UK.
- Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre (2007–12) in Baku, Azerbaijan.
- Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (2010–12), East Lansing, Michigan, USA
And much more…………………
So, what is the connection between Zaha Hadid studio and the city of Belgrade?
The story of the construction of a multifunctional complex began when Greek company Lamda Development (which operates as part of a holding company consisting of EFG Bank and Petrol ECU), purchased land in an attractive location in the center of Belgrade in 2007. The plot which is about 38,000 m2, and was once owned by the failed enterprise “Beko” which is located near Kalamegdan fortress, opposite Belgrade Zoo. Since the location is very attractive, it’s no surprise that the chief architect is going to be the renowned architectural studio of the super-popular architect Zaha Hadid.
This concept, which was created by Zaha Hadid studio, looks super smart. But, I am not really sure how this extremely modern complex is going to look in the heart of Belgrade. It’s very near to Kalemegdan fortress and it doesn’t fit in with the surroundings, nor with the architecture of the old town.
Maybe, a better choice for the location of this ambitious project would be in New Belgrade.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.