Take a look at the new Zaha Hadidas.
The “Designs of the Year” awards were announced yesterday — as simplistic and fitting a title for an award — by London’s Design Museum and earning the Design of the Year is Zaha Hadid‘s Heydar Aliyev Center. She makes history as the first woman architect award winner in 7 years and the Center is the center is the first architecture project to be awarded.
The beautiful, signature curvilinear forms of Hadid are magnified even more throughout the outside and inside of the Baku, Azerbaijan landmark. Not mad at all at the Design Museum’s decision; the Heydar is simply breathtaking. Look out for another feature on Zaha Hadid later this week in the Design section!
Via ArchDaily, the other nominated architecture projects are: NLE Architects’ Makoko Floating School, The Turbulences FRAC Centre by Jakob + Macfarlane Architects, and the interior remodeling of the St. Moritz Church by John Pawson.
Above is a breathtaking new video highlighting living legend Zaha Hadid’s latest work in Hong Kong: the Jockey Club Innovation Tower.
The JCIT is Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s (PolyU) School of Design, and the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. It naturally serves as a breeding ground for curious design minds and it’s only right that those minds get enriched in a place of good design. I’ve become more of a fan of Hadid’s extravagant and abstract forms in the past year and the JCIT keeps the fandom increasing. The building’s exterior curves are beautiful and immediately ignite a flow that I feel is contagious after watching the video. The paths that the architecture point students toward in the interior already give me an extraordinary feeling so I can only imagine what it’s like to work there.
As any fan of, most notably, Apple’s clean white design will likely agree, the use of white in the interior of JCIT is wonderful. It is the perfect, inviting color for architecture that’s otherwise outlandish — a great balance shall I say. Case in point: this may be the most beautiful escalator space I have ever seen.
More photos can be viewed below via a myriad of sources: Doublespace, Virgile Simon Bertrand, Iwan Baan, and ArchDaily (which has more specifics on the building that opened this year.) One more gorgeous feature worth noting: the soccer field beneath the tower. That surrounding feeling is likely a comforting one akin to DePaul’s home soccer field right beneath the “El” train here in Chicago.
New or old to architecture, this video’s for you.
The ABC of Architects is a fun video that re-imagines the alphabet with famous architects and their most renowned buildings. For instance, Santiago Calatrava is ‘C’ and Le Corbusier is ‘L’ (hey! my 2 favorites :D) so that either name can count and no legend gets discounted.
It’s a quick 2-minute watch, spiced up by some clever animation that syncs with the old-timey song. You may even learn a building or two, and like me, be inspired to fire up the ole ‘Google’ tool to see more photos of them. I even did that to pull out some screenshots of my favorite architects/buildings. Enjoy!