What Cities Look Like When Architecture Imitates Nature

March 18 2008 / by Venessa Posavec / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Culture   Year: 2010   Rating: 10

The world may finally be ready for Zaha Hadid. An Iraq-born deconstructivist architect based in London, Hadid has been making waves with controversial and futuristic architectural concepts for over 20 years. Many of her ideas never made it past the drawing board, because the designs were just too…well, different.

Now, she’s gaining steam, and has projects going all over the world. She was recently commissioned to design an Aquatics Centre in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, a Performing Arts Center in Abu Dhabi, and the spaceship-like Innovation Tower for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Her buildings are oddly shaped (compared to traditional architecture), but definitely have a very organic feel. For instance, the Abu Dhabi building (pictured above)is complete with windows that look like leaves, and Hadid herself calls it a “biological analogy”.

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Architecturally Futuristic Museum Planned for Vilnius, Lithuania

April 14 2008 / by Marisa Vitols / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Culture   Year: 2011   Rating: 3 Hot

The Lithuanian capital city of Vilnius is about to embark on the construction of a new-age masterpiece. Designed by award-winning British Iraqi deconstructivist architect Zaha Hadid, the new Guggenheim Hermitage Museum will be a museum and arts center that houses the St. Petersburg-based State Hermitage Museum and selected Guggenheim collections.

The pre-build research for the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum is slated for completion by 2008 and the building set to open in 2011. Check out the phenomenal photos of the design pictured below the fold.

Other remarkable projects by Zaha Hadid currently underway include the CMA CGM Tower in Marseille, France, the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, Spain, the Kartal Urban Transformation in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Glasgow Transport Museum in Glasgow, Scotland.

Seeing such forward-thinking architecture cropping up in the small post-Soviet Baltic country of Lithuania, with a total population of only about 3.7 million, demonstrates just how high the bar has been set for futuristic architecture around the world. I wonder when such design will make its way into more expensive markets like NYC? (cont.)

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