Increasingly, female architects are featuring strongly in designing award-winning edifices throughout the world, and the latest of these – reported in World Architecture News recently – is Zaha Hadid, of London-based practice Zaha Hadid Architects.
What a month November has been for her! First she celebrated the grand opening of Galaxy Soho in Beijing, then was declared one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year 2012, followed by the official press preview of her extraordinary Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan. The two projects are both intrinsically ‘Zaha’ and yet display opposing elements of the architect’s style.
The Galaxy Soho project – a 330 000m² commercial complex comprising office, retail and entertainment outlets – is defined by its rolling swathes of stone encased in aluminium cladding and insulated glass. Its effortlessly elegant form waves like a ribbon in the breeze in a smooth movement that is often expected from Hadid’s architecture.