Zaha Hadid - the visionary architect (31 October 1950 - 31 March, 2016)
For a long time Zaha Hadid's designs were considered impossible to build - until she proved the opposite. The Iraqi-born British national, who will be remembered for her daringly futuristic architecture, died suddenly on 31 March, aged 65.
Though reputed for her difficult character, Zaha Hadid was brilliant. She made it to the top of a field dominated by men. She was the first woman to receive the equivalent of the Nobel Prize of architecture, the Pritzker Prize, in 2004, the highly prized Praemium Imperiale in 2009, and the Royal Gold Medal of British Architects in September 2015. Born in Baghdad, Hadid lived in London
A spectacular debut: in 1993, Zaha Hadid created the Vitra fire station for the furniture manufacturer Vitra, located in Weil am Rhein. The heavy concrete structure appears light and dynamic thanks to its unusual layers of walls. Until then, her architectural plans had been considered impossible to build. Her career as an architect took off after this project
Flowing lines to herald the renewal and modernisation of a closed society? Zaha Hadid designed the spectacular Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center built in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Criticised by human rights activists for his dictatorial rule, President Ilham Aliyev wanted to build a monument to his father and predecessor
The view says it all: to create Reinhold Messner's new museum, Zaha Hadid hollowed out a cliff. There, she designed underground rooms with terraces overhanging the valley which offer spectacular panoramic views. Messner, who is the first person to have climbed the world's 14 mountains over 8,000 metres, said this project gave him "many white hairs" and ironically claimed this was his "15th peak over 8,000"
With a time machine through the Eternal City: concrete, glass, steel, impossible curves, stacked concrete tubes, cubes, and filigree columns: this all makes up the MAXXI, the contemporary art museum in Rome created by Hadid. The building itself feels like a walk-in sculpture. When you enter it, the floor appears to drift away. Each step opens up a new perspective on the architectural space and the city - a unique experience
The end of the right angle: the cost of building the art museum MAXXI exploded and it took over 10 years to complete the project, but it was worth the wait. According to "The Guardian," Zaha Hadid's museum is "a masterpiece fit to sit alongside Rome's ancient wonders"
The central square of the Galaxy Soho also looks futuristic: right angles are replaced by flowing forms and sweeping lines in this office and commercial complex. Designed by Zaha Hadid in 2012, this building in the centre of Beijing is made up of four towers connected by walkways and footbridges
Prize-winning architecture for the automobile industry: the BMW plant in Leipzig wanted its new central building to radiate openness and transparency. Zaha Hadid's design links the office complex to the production halls. It houses the main entrance to the plant as well as the cafeteria, the laboratories and the workshops. For this concept, Hadid won the German Architecture Prize