From the biography
Zaha Hadid was born in Iraq in 1950. The girl grew up in a Muslim family. Her father was one of the founders of the National Democratic Party of Iraq, a major industrialist with a pro-Western orientation, so she never wore a burqa and was able to travel freely around the world.
At the age of 11, Zaha Hadid already knew for sure that she wanted to become an architect, and at 22 she went to study at the Architectural Association in London. In 1980, the already graduated architect founded her own architectural firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, generating widespread public interest.
Zaha Hadid’s work broke all stereotypes about traditional architecture. She offered simply fantastic options for building a bridge over the Thames, an upside-down skyscraper for the English city of Leicester, and a club on the top of the mountain in Hong Kong. She designed the Opera House in Cardiff (UK), Centers for Contemporary Art in Ohio (USA) and Rome (Italy).
These and other projects bring her victory in prestigious architectural competitions, interest and then popularity among professionals, but unfortunately they remain only on paper. This is largely due to the customers’ unwillingness to accept her non-standard and original approach.
Implemented architectural projects
The first implemented project of Zaha Hadid was the fire department of the manufacturer of designer furniture Vitra (Germany, 1994).