Riverside Museum of Transport. Glasgow, Scotland. Zaha Hadid had the task to design a spacious building without pillars, where even the 179-ton locomotive would have a space. This wavy structure is located at the confluence of two rivers, embodying the idea of traffic and water. In 2013, the Museum of Transport, received the “European Museum of the Year” award.
Remembering the lead water of two rivers, she joined them with a third, the metal flow. If you look at the museum from the top, you can see the waves or pleated fabric. Five “wrinkles” form the roof and look like Old Glasgow roofs’ silhouette. The ends of the north and south are glazed and demonstrate the building in the section that provides the interior natural light and connects it with the environment.
The Opera Theatre. Guangzhou, China. This theater is one of the biggest theaters in China, with an area of 42 thousand square meters. The building consists of two parts: the Big Theater (for 1804 seats) and Hall (400 seats). Author of the project drew inspiration from images of geology and topography.
Architecture of the modern opera house expresses the idea of flow and overflow. The theater has two halls, one of which is made of glass and another of steel. Thus both flow from one to the other, forming a complex structure. The building inside has associations with the natural nature. The main hall resembles a cave with several “puff” tiers and galleries.
National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI). Rome, Italy. The Italians call the building MAXXI “spaghetti”, but in 2010 this architectural project has brought the Zaha Hadid British Stirling Prize for the best architectural design.
This is one of the most controversial works of the architect. Constructive system of this masterpiece of modern architecture moves away from the traditional idea of the museum and is only distantly echoes the exposed inside artwork. The walls are smooth and create a dynamic flow of interior space to the exterior of the building.я.
Heydar Aliyev Center. Baku, Azerbaijan. This cultural center has become a real symbol of the city. There are a museum, exhibition halls and administrative offices inside. In 2014, Zaha Hadid won for the Heydar Aliyev Center “Design of the Year” Award.
Its improved form and advanced technology of design has given the old town the modern atmosphere and freshness. The structure of the building is used the maximum possible amount of glass that, taking into account the peculiar local climate, contributes to sufficient natural ventilation of all rooms.
Sheikh Zayed Bridge. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This is a magnificent bridge cost $ 300 million and is one of the best projects of the architect. According to Hadid, its design was inspired by “wave-like desert dunes”.
The design of the bridge is presented in the form of the two converging and diverging “sine waves”, the ends of which abut the shore of the island and the mainland. Tops “arches” reach 60 meters above the water level, and the road surface is located at an altitude of 20 meters: it is divided in two halves and each half has 4 strips and is suspended on the sides “sine waves” on the principle of the console. The bridge has 842 m length. It is illuminated effectively at night; lighting project was designed by the famous designer Rogier van der Heide.