Innovation

Lofty Ideals | Zaha Hadid taught us to push the design envelope even further.

As the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the late, great Dame Zaha Hadid made her mark designing high-concept structures known for their sometimes undulating,  sometimes ragged organic forms. Her imagination forged some of the world’s most recognizable buildings that bend: the National Museum of 21st Century Arts, also called the MAXXI, in Rome; the London Aquatics Centre; the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein, Germany; and the Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, China.

Hadid extended her provocative sensibilities in collaborations with automaker BMW on the Z-Car I and II concept cars; with iconic interiors brands Alessi, Artimede and B & B; and with celebrated fashion houses Chanel and Louis Vuitton. In 2015, the Iraqi-British visionary collaborated with music maverick Pharrell Williams on an edgy modern interpretation of the classic Adidas Supershell trainers. The feminist and star architect changed more than skylines in her lifetime, believing fiercely that good design evokes emotion. Good design, she said,  “should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.”