World-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid passed away suddenly in Miami, US in the early hours of Thursday morning. According to her representatives, she had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital.
Born in Baghdad, Hadid was considered one of the greatest architects today. She garnered international recognition for the completion of her first major built project, the Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany in 1993.
She went on to design the striking London Aquatics Centre in Stratford and one of the stadiums that will take centre stage at the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
Her London-based practice, Zaha Hadid Architects, has also solidified its presence around the world through groundbreaking theoretical works including The Peak in Hong Kong, the Kurfurstendamm in Berlin, and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales.
A mammoth figure in the design world, Hadid’s work ventured where few would dare.