I was shocked to read the news on March 31st that the iconic Iranian-born architect Zaha Hadid had passed away of a heart attack at just 65 years of age. Images of some of her amazing buildings which I had visited over the years spun in my head as I took in the terrible news.
Known for her distinctive fluid and curvy buildings, Hadid’s architecture was so new to the contemporary landscape that they sometimes seemed like alien space ships. At first glance they could look extraterrestrial, but with the passing of time, they seamlessly blended into the urban landscape, equally at home in a contemporary environment as an ancient castle.
One of her particularly fluid buildings, where form and purpose are uniquely melded into one, was the London Aquatic Centre, situated in London’s East End in Queens Olympic Park. The Centre was designed for the London 2012 Olympics, to host the swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming competitions.