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2012 Aquatics Centre architect Zaha Hadid dies

Zaha Hadid by Mary McCartney

World-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid, known for iconic structures including the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, has died at the age of 65.

A statement on the architect’s website confirmed that she passed away in Miami in the early hours having suffered a heart attack while in hospital being treated for bronchitis.

Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1950, Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut and established her own practice – Zaha Hadid Architects – in 1979.

Hadid’s first major built commission was the Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany. Other notable projects including the MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome (2009), the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games (2011) and the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku (2013).

Aquatics Centre – gateway to the Olympics

The Aquatics Centre marked the ‘gateway’ to the Olympic Park during the 2012 Games and in legacy provides two 50m swimming pools and a diving pool.

Principal designer Arup and contractor Balfour Beatty led the engineering and construction of the iconic structure.

Lifting the 2800t wave-shaped roof was considered one of the most complex engineering and construction challenges of the Olympic Park ‘big build’.

In 2004, Zaha Hadid became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She twice won the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, the RIBA Stirling Prize – in 2010 for the MAXXI Museum in Rome and the Evelyn Grace Academy.




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