A bona fide autrice, Zaha Hadid was without a doubt, the world’s most famous female architect, not afraid to experiment with strikingly unusual designs, in a sphere that was mainly dominated by her masculine peers.
Called as the queen of the curve, she is the mastermind behind many iconic buildings seen today including the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, the Maxxi Museum in Rome and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul.
Receiving international acclaim, she became the first woman to be honoured with the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and was also the winner of the Stirling Prize, which is UK’s most prestigious award in the field of architecture.
The diva of modern design drew her last breath in April 2016, leaving behind several uncompleted projects.
Paying homage to her contributions in the field of architecture, UEM Sunrise Berhad, one of Malaysia’s leading property developers has hosted the ‘Zaha Hadid Architects: Reimagining Architecture’ exhibition, together with the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2017 (KLAF 2017) and Bulgari.
The exhibition is currently being showcased at the White Box, Publika and was officiated by Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah Idris. Reimagining Architecture will run until July 26 before moving to Singapore and Melbourne.
Reimagining Architecture takes visitors through a range of the late Zaha Hadid’s works, spanning 40 years. Exhibits include sketches, photographs and scale models of some of her early works such as the Phaeno Science Centre and the Vitra Fire Station in Germany all the way to her major projects such as the Guangzhou Opera House, the Sheikh Zayed Bridge at Abu Dhabi and the London 2012 Olympics Aquatics Centre.
Present at the opening of the exhibition was Patrik Schumacher, director of Zaha Hadid Architects. “We are honoured to be a part of Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2017 in collaboration with UEM Sunrise. We hope that through this exhibition, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of architecture and design,” he said while addressing the crowd on the first day of the exhibition.
“We want to create sustainable communities through initiatives such as this exhibition which will bring design, architecture and cultural communities together,” added Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, managing director of UEM Sunrise.
Along with Zaha Hadid Architects: Reimagining Architecture, KLAF 2017 also has a series of other exhibitions including MANIFEST: Modernism of Merdeka, Atlas of African Speculations and conferences by prominent keynote speakers addressing various topics in the field of design and architecture.
The exhibition will run until July 26 at White Box, Publika from 10am - 6pm.
(Photos: Zaha Hadid Architects)
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