Zaha Hadid’s Most Iconic Buildings

Vitra Fire Station

As the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Zaha Hadid arguably did as much as any of her forebears to pave the way for women in architecture. But even this will not be her most enduring legacy: With her sudden death Thursday morning, she leaves behind a host of landmark structures across the globe, from the London Aquatics Center, build for the 2012 Olympics, to the Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, to the still-under-construction Qatar stadium for the 2022 World Cup. These, her most memorable designs, outlive the woman who gave them life and form, and exist as testaments to the ground she broke not just for women in the field, but for the realm of architecture as a whole. They bear the smooth, undulating curves that defined many of her designs, existing on a massive scale that belies her ability to also design on the micro level (we’ve also collected her most essential furniture designs here). In cities around the world, Zaha Hadid’s contributions to architecture live on.


Messner Mountain Museum Corones in Italy. Photo by Inexhibit.


Heyday Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo by Hufton Crow.


Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Photo Luke Hayes.


Pierresvives building in France.


Jockey Club Innovation Tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photo by Doublespace.


London Aquatics Centre. Photo by Hufton+Crow.


Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Photo Roland Halbe.


Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul. Photo Virgile Simon Bertrand.


Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Photo by Christian Richters.


Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, Hong Kong. Photo by Virgile Simon Bertrand.


Galaxy Soho in Beijing, China. Photo by Hufton + Crow.


Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany. Photo by Werner Huthmacher.


MAXXI Museum of XXI Century Art in Rome, Italy. Photo by Iwan Baan.


Zaha Hadid. Portrait by Mary McCartney.