The Queen of Curve

The Queen of Curve

By Kris Kleinknight

I recently watched the first episode of Impossible Builds, a new documentary series on PBS that examines the world’s most complex and technologically advanced construction projects around the globe.  It is a truly inspirational and moving documentary available at http://www.pbs.org/video/creating-scorpion-towers-silky-aesthetic-hv1zoh/

Zaha Hadid has become internationally renowned for her revolutionary designs of sensuous buildings that push the limits of innovation and blur the lines between art and architecture.

Headquartered in London, Zaha Hadid Architects has designed high-profile properties worldwide, including the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Summer Olympics; the Guangzhou Opera House; the Vitra Fire Station; the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art; the BMW Central Building; the MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts; the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum; and the Evelyn Grace Academy.

On March 31, 2016, the world unexpectedly lost one of its brightest stars.  Hadid was a revolutionary who redefined architecture for her generation.

Located in the cultural epicenter of Downtown, Miami, the 63-story, 705-foot tower The tower’s façade, a structural exoskeleton comprised of Glass Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (GFRC), utilizes a material never before used in the construction of high-rise structures and resembles an undulating piece of sculpture from podium to pinnacle.

Beyond aesthetic, the tower’s exoskeleton is designed to carry gravity loads of the tower and to withstand high-velocity, hurricane wind forces.

I encourage you to visit her website to learn more and view her vast and truly incredible gallery of work spanning 30 years.  http://www.zaha-hadid.com/