6sqft is sad to report that world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid has passed away. According to BBC News, Ms. Hadid died of a heart attack today in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for bronchitis.
The Baghdad-born Iraqi-British architect is considered one of today’s most prolific and her works have been commissioned across the globe, including here in New York where her first Manhattan building is currently on the rise at 520 West 28th Street (seen above). Hadid was the first female architect to receive a Pritzker Prize award (2004) and she was also the first woman to receive the RIBA Gold Medal (2015).
Just six months ago, in October, Hadid celebrated the sales launch for her first New York City project near the High Line. At the event, the architect discussed her design in detail and mused over the Big Apple and the opportunity to build within such an architecturally rich locale.
Hadid also spoke about the city’s ever-evolving urbanscape, saying: “I think New York had an incredible renaissance in the ’30s and the ’60s, and I hope that transition returns where you’re making great buildings. Because New York is unique in the sense that there is a grid; you can apply very extreme solutions to every plot. I think there is more variety and I think there is beginning to be more competition in that regard.”
Hadid’s bold designs and bold personality have certainly contributed to the architectural revolution we’re seeing in the city today. She will be missed.
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